Todd with Grand High Priest Richard Yena
From Pekin, IL: 10/30/08
This was the last stop in my promotion tour for Famous American Freemasons: Volume I, and I couldn’t have picked a better place to do! There was a good turn out, I met a lot of interesting people, and saw a lot of familiar faces of friends I’d met in other places. The meal was absolutely fabulous. I’ve never seen a three course gourmet meal served in a Masonic Lodge before.
1st course—Apple and Butternut Squash Soup
2nd course—Duo of Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Pomegranate-Balsamic Glaze and Roasted Pork Loin with Apricot, Pumpkin Risotto, and Braised Autumn Greens
3rd course—Chocolate Mousse
And the service was impeccable. The Job’s Daughters were in charge of the service, and did a terrific job of serving drinks, bringing out the meal, and picking up the plates.
The organizers of the Pekin Dinner did a great job of coming up with a very unique event. They wanted an event that might get past active members interested in being more active again, get potential members interested in joining, but also something just about everyone could enjoy. They even raffled off copies of the book.
My compliments to the Chef! I’d like to especially thank Kevin Wurster for doing so much to organize the event. Thanks to the Job’s Daughters for doing such a good job, and to the volunteers who helped prepare and clean up. And special thanks also to Judy Gordon for taking so many great pictures.
I hope those that attended Pekin enjoyed my presentation as much as I enjoyed being there.
Todd E. Creason