Uplifting News and Stories Gleaned from the Web

Compassion Rations

This is an account of one of the many times Outback Steakhouse has served those who serve in our military in the war zones:

"For troops in Kandahar, comfort is an Outback meal delivered on a C-17.
But for those traveling to prepare the meal, it’s a nerve-wracking mission.

The rumor started about a month ago. It spread through the 101st
Airborne Division in Afghanistan like a dust storm in Kandahar. Nobody
really believed it, because it sounded too good to be true.

The Outback Steakhouse people were coming. And they were bringing food .
. ."

Thus began an article that ran in the 2 July 2002 issue of
the /St. Petersburg Times/ and which has subsequently come to land in
many an

inbox.

On 19 June 2002, fifteen Outback Steakhouse
(an
international chain of Australian-themed restaurants) employees worked
with military personnel in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to cook and serve
ribeyes and bloomin’ onions to members of the 101st Airborne Division
stationed in that desolate region. Temperatures hit 117°F that day, and
the fifteen civilians wore water-filled backpacks called "camelbaks
" to keep themselves hydrated.
It took those fifteen Outbackers three days to reach Kandahar from the
United States (travel into war zones is a tricky affair), but once they
arrived the U.S. troops were served the best meal they’d had in a long
time.

The folks from Outback brought 6,700 steaks, 30,000 shrimp, and 3,000
giant onions with them. Broccoli, rolls, french fries, and cans of
O’Douls (a non-alcoholic beer) completed the meal. For dessert, Jeff’s
Gourmet Pies of Tampa donated 6,600 slices of cheesecake.

This is good eating even to those who haven’t spent months chowing down
on little else but powdered eggs and T-Rations. For the troops in the
field, it was manna from heaven.

Source: http://www.snopes.com/rumors/outback.asp
Sources:/

Lush, Tamara. "Heaven in Time of War: 6,700 Ribeyes."
/St. Petersburg Times/. 2 July 2002 (p. A1).

Meadows, Andrew. "Outback Takes Feast to Forces."
/The Tampa Tribune/. 2 July 2002 (Moneysense, p. 5).

/The Topeka Capital-Journal/ "A Bloomin’ Treat."
8 July 2002 (p. A4).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: