Hamilton firefighters left their hoses behind recently to help out at Ronald McDonald House’s first Bistro Night.
The event was offered as part of the Meals to Heal program.
The Hamilton RMH on Main Street West is the only RMH in Canada with its own professional chef.
Shawn Rocchi works full-time in the kitchen, but is helped every day by volunteers from the community.
Five Hamilton firefighters spent several hours in the kitchen doing prep work for the Bistro Night. The event featured a higher-end menu and table service from the firefighters instead of the regular buffet-style.
Ronald McDonald House Hamilton introduced the Meals to Heal program last year, after expanding from 15 to 40 bedrooms.
Chef Rocchi said homemade healthy meals are important for families with children at McMaster Children’s Hospital, giving them one less thing to worry about while feeling more at home and staying healthy.
Firefighter Jim Barclay is a volunteer in the kitchen and helped round up his colleagues for the Bistro Night.
The firefighters garnished tantalizing desserts with fruit and icing sugar for hungry patrons.