PHILLIP DREW, right, and local good Samaritan Gary Jones stir the pots on Drew’s new mobile cooking station.
The Grady County Historical Society’s chicken pilau fundraiser on Thursday was not only hugely successful but it was also the inaugural use of a self-contained cooking trailer custom-built for Historical Society Trustee and Grady County Commission Chairman Phillip Drew.
According to Historical Society officials, approximately 500 plates of pilau, cole slaw, pickles, sliced bread and dessert were served between 4 and 7 p.m. last Thursday.
Drew shared that he and his wife Jenny designed and had the mobile kitchen built to “give back” to the community through events like Thursday’s fundraiser, with help from community members Gary Jones and Ken Walden. Drew credits Dean Robertson, owner of Cairo’s D&D Construction, and Curtis King with making his plans a reality.
“[Robertson’s] been working on it on weekends to get ready for [the Historical Society fund raiser] and did a fantastic job,” the county commissioner shared.
The trailer, which Drew said has been under construction for around three months, includes built-in cooking pots, gas lines and gas tanks, hot and cold water lines, a sink and fold-out worktables.
“You go somewhere and you’re ready to cook,” Drew explained.
The trailer was built primarily to prepare pilau, but it could also be used to cook “fish or a low country boil,” according to Drew.
Anyone who is looking to borrow the rig for a community event or service project should contact Phillip Drew at 229-377-9866 for more information.
The Grady County Historical Society depends on fundraisers, such as last week’s pilau, to finance the maintenance and operation of the Grady County Museum and History Center. All proceeds from last week’s fundraiser benefit the museum.
The fundraiser was chaired by Trustee Yvonne Childs. “We are so thankful for the community’s tremendous support of the Historical Society. I am also so thankful for all of the volunteers who pitched in and worked so hard to make the fundraiser a success. We could not have done so well without the help of Phillip (Drew) and Gary (Jones). Phillip always goes above and beyond for the Historical Society. His cooking trailer is a sight to behold and we are so grateful that he allowed it to be used to help raise money for our county museum,” Mrs. Childs said.