On the evening of Tuesday Dec. 12, the Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL) Main Side Galley was filled with single and unaccompanied sailors enjoying home-cooked holiday fare at a potluck thrown by the Chief Petty Officer Spouse Association (CPOSA).
Tuesday night boasted a smorgasbord of traditional holiday food such as turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.
This year’s event coordinator, Ana Martinez, said that the CPOSA’s Single Sailor Committee plans a potluck dinner for single and unaccompanied sailors every three months; Past dinner themes have included Southern, Italian and Mexican nights.
Many dishes are contributed by members of the CPOSA, but Martinez said that they receive contributions from others as well.
“We put the information out there to various groups on base. It really is a team effort where the spouses come together. We really appreciate everyone who offered to bring a dish.” Martinez added that while they have themes at each of the potlucks, specialty dishes and favorite ethnic cuisines are welcomed.
“In the past, we have struggled to get donations, but not this time,” added another CPOSA volunteer Brandy Volkman. The night proved to be a success, with 118 sailors in attendance who were able to get second helpings and put food in to-go boxes to take to work or back to the barracks.
Ten volunteers were present at the potluck including members of the CPOSA as well as students from Lemoore Middle College High School.
“The food is excellent – no, it’s extraordinary,” said Keven Joseph, who was in attendance. “It’s not what we’re used to eating.”