Meals that Matter: Nitro Makes Dinner for the Tampa Ronald McDonald House

The best way to the heart is through the stomach, right? Then the folks at the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa should be feeling mighty fine this week. Why? Over the weekend, a few members from our Nitro family cooked dinner for the guests and staff of the house.

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The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to help families with sick children through a variety of efforts. RMHC is best known for their houses, which are open to families with children in the hospital, allowing parents to stay nearby without the burden and expense of paying for hotel rooms. Although a small donation is requested in exchange to stay at a RMHC house, no family is turned away for an inability to donate. There are currently 337 Ronald McDonald Houses in America.

On the menu for the evening was two crockpots full of beef chili, made with three types of beans, saut?ed onions and peppers, and fire roasted tomatoes. We also made a vegetarian chili, complete with four types of beans, roasted poblano peppers, fire roasted tomatoes, corn, and saut?ed green peppers and onions. To top off the chili, we stocked the fridge with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and diced raw onions. And on the side? Smokey corn bread made with real corn.

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Now, what dinner would be complete without dessert? To satisfy the sweet tooth of the staff and guests, we baked fudge-filled chocolate cupcakes and vanilla funfetti cupcakes. The desserts were served with vanilla and chocolate frosting on the side to allow DIY options. Chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting? Sure! Vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting? Why not?

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Before leaving, our team of Nitro chefs sliced up some fresh cantaloupe for the house. We also donated some grocery items in response to RMH of Tampa?s ongoing emergency needs list. Our donated items included bananas, individual servings of chips and pretzels, cases of juice boxes, rice, instant mashed potatoes, and several boxes of bread, cake, and muffin mix.

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What have YOU done lately to serve your community?

Click here if you?re interested in donating items off of RMH Tampa?s ER list. Click here to register to make dinner for RMH Tampa.