The tradition, now in its 10th year, got started as a way to help people who had received donated birds. The restaurant's co-owner adds that it's a lot safer than trying to deep fry a turkey yourself.
WASHINGTON — Not just anyone can deep fry a turkey. You need skills and equipment. But the restaurant Medium Rare in Southeast D.C. will do it for free on Thanksgiving Day.
The tradition, now in its 10th year, got started as a way to help people who had received donated birds.
“Someone who got a free turkey at one of the Marion Barry turkey giveaways wanted to know if I was able to cook their turkey at one of the restaurants for them, because they had nowhere to cook it,” said Mark Bucher, co-owner of Medium Rare.
The event is staffed by Bucher, family members and restaurant worker volunteers as a public service. But Bucher also believes deep frying birds is best left to professionals.