STOUGHTON — Stoughton Police officers and firefighters were treated Wednesday morning to a pre-Thanksgiving meal, specially prepared by a nationally recognized and award-winning New England chef.
Chef Stephen Coe is best known for his victory against celebrity chef Bobby Flay on “Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network, among other notable accomplishments. He is known for his culinary creativity and ability to compete at any stage against any competition. Read more about him here.
On Wednesday morning, Chef Coe brought his food truck, Lobsta Love, and its award-winning fare to Stoughton and cooked for the town’s first responders. On the menu for the event were pork belly tacos, lobster quesadillas and duck fat turkey tacos.
The event was hosted in partnership with the Hannon Foundation and Feed the First Responders as a way to give back to the town’s police officers and firefighters.
“We love doing this. We love showing up and seeing the camaraderie and smiles of the first responders,” Chef Coe said. “We get to see them unwind and joke around and it is awesome.”
The Hannon Foundation is a nonprofit organization, based in Easton, which assists families in eastern Massachusetts who are in financial crisis due to a parent’s loss of employment or a family member’s medical condition.
“We are appreciative of Chef Coe and his staff, as well as the Hannon Foundation and Feed the First Responders for supporting Stoughton’s first responders,” Acting Chief Holmes said. “We are always thankful for the support we receive from the public, which is even more felt and appreciated around the holidays.”
Each year, the Hannon Foundation sends a team of runners to the Falmouth Road Race. Several of the team’s runners are often first responders who run to raise money for local families in need served by the Foundation. Stoughton Police Animal Control Officer Michelle Carlos, Stoughton Fire Capt. George “Buddy” O’Neil and Firefighter Corey Hatch will be running the Falmouth Road Race next year for the Hannon Foundation.
“The Hannon Foundation is a great organization that does a lot of meaningful work for those in need in the region,” Chief Carroll said. “We are proud to have Stoughton fire and police personnel reciprocate their support and represent our departments as part of the Hannon Foundation’s Falmouth Road Race team next year.”