Making a meal of hope in Lynn

Sidekim Foods owner Peter Mikedis prepares roast leg of lamb for diners at My Brother's Table in Lynn on Friday. (Spenser R. Hasak)

LYNN — Nobody should be without a warm meal during the holidays.

Thanks to My Brother’s Table and Sidekim Foods, a Lynn caterer, nearly 200 people won’t be.

Peter Mikedis, Sidekim’s CEO, invited a handful of employees on Friday to cook and serve a holiday lunch that included roasted lamb, buttermilk squash and brown rice, followed up by pumpkin pie for dessert.

“It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t come out here and cook a holiday meal,” he said.

Having supported what’s called the largest soup kitchen on the North Shore for nearly a decade, the event is a collaboration between Elior North America, a North Carolina food service company, and Taste of the NFL, whose mission is to help the needy.

The change of menus was a refreshing change for guests who normally get soup and sandwiches.

Dressed in a Tom Brady jersey, Mikedis and staffers began meal preparation for the Christmas dinner scheduled for 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

As Sidekim staffed the kitchen, volunteers wrapped presents that will be distributed at the kitchen on Christmas day.

“This is an especially busy time of year for us,” said Dianne Kuzia Hills, the nonprofit’s executive director.

“We are very thankful for the help they provide to us and our community,” she said.

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