GREENSBURG – Mayasari “Maya” Effendi, owner of Mayasari Indonesian Grill, will be hosting a free-will donation traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the people of Greensburg from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.
All money raised from the meal will be used to benefit Edelweiss House and the Greensburg Community Bread of Life. Maya and her husband, Richard Mays, know the people who run Edelweiss House and believe strongly in their mission, as well as the mission of the Bread of Life to feed the hungry.
Maya said Thanksgiving is a very special holiday to her. When she moved to America from Indonesia with her daughter, Noviyanti, she knew no one and was set to spend the holiday alone in an unfamiliar country. However, she met the Fogles, who insisted that she and her daughter celebrate Thanksgiving with their family. That kindness is one Maya says she will never forget. She spent several holidays with the Fogles before she met Richard and started a family with him. Maya added that while Christmas is celebrated around the world, Thanksgiving is an American tradition that will always hold a special place in her heart.
Maya and Richard said they are both deeply grateful for the support the restaurant has received from the Greensburg community. They want to hold the meal on Thanksgiving as a way to express their gratitude and give back to the people of Greensburg. Maya said her restaurant couldn’t exist without the amazing support of the locals.
“I would love to have a lot of people. It’s an honor for me to cook food and have the community enjoy it,” Maya said.
Everything served at the meal will be homemade by Maya and the Mayasari staff. There will be eight turkeys, one of which will be made as turkey curry for those who wish to stray a bit from the traditional Thanksgiving meal. There will also be mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, corn, salad, biscuits, mango tea or coffee and dessert, in both gluten and gluten-free varieties.