Providing Families with a Warm Meal & Memories on Thanksgiving Day

Started by Bob and Dorothy Casper 33 years ago, the Cherokee Tavern and Casper family will once again host a free community Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 26th. The popular West St. Paul restaurant will be closed for business on Thanksgiving day and will instead be decorated to welcome neighbors and families for a traditional meal with all of the trimmings. This meal is provided to anyone in the community who is having financial difficulties and would find it hard to celebrate Thanksgiving otherwise. This year, however, will be different from the rest as the Casper family mourns the loss of their mother and anchor, Dorothy.

“We lost our mother who was dedicated to this event which she and our father started 33 years ago. She felt blessed in her life and wanted to give back to her community. We will miss her presence at this year’s dinner, but we all know she lives in our hearts forever and through us she will continue to serve our community.” – The Casper Family

Through the generosity of the Cherokee Tavern, dedicated volunteers and partnerships with local churches, community groups and social services agencies (such as Neighbors, Inc.), more than 3,500 delicious, hot meals are served or delivered each year. There will be a sign-up sheet for tickets (either dine-in or delivery) at Neighbors, Inc. If you would like to donate time or money to help with this dinner, please call Jim, Nancy or Sarah at 651-457-2729.