Europa-Jugendtag 2009

Neuapostolische Kirche - 21. bis 24. Mai 2009 in Düsseldorf

Report added 03/09/2009

Catering: as colourful as Europe

Die Verpflegung: So bunt wie Europa

Oranges from Spain, salami from Italy and petit fours from France – not only do the participants come from a rich variety of countries. The composition of the catering for the European Youth Day, (also) directed by the sponsors is as European wide as the many languages and the different contents of the contributions.

The final spurt for the team of District Apostle Bernd Koberstein (New Apostolic Church in Hessen/Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland): there are only ten more meetings until the European Youth Day; from now on in shorter intervals. Bishop i.r. Günter Corvinus, Ingo Guttzeit, District Evangelist Udo Müller, Priest Collin Tritt and Evangelist Klaus Weller comprise the project group for catering.

Over 800 voluntary helpers

Are six people really needed to work on the menu plan? The job is not just about the order of the menu: on Monday, 16. February 2009, Ingo Guttzeit presented to the others in Wiesbaden the list of voluntary helpers. 860 brethren from the district church Hessen/Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland have registered until now as kitchen helpers. Meals will already be available at the exhibition centre from Tuesday, 19. May 2009. The assemblers, delivery people and not forgetting the members of the planning team shouldn’t go hungry.

The plan is that the “kitchen brigade” will be brought by bus in the mornings from their domiciles to Düsseldorf and driven home again in the late evenings. On the next morning, is a shift change when another district takes over.

“Can we order the buses now?”, asked District Evangelist Müller. Everyone nods. “It would be best if each district orders its own bus”, was the unanimous opinion, “because the district organisers know where they can get good rates and which bus company is reliable.” Finally, it was agreed that the brethren will wear t-shirts with a particular colour to identify who is responsible for what.

Telephone conference with the District Apostle

District Apostle Koberstein reported by telephone to the group on the evaluated registration forms. About 800 participants have registered with wide ranging food allergies. “An allergy against pineapples is not a problem that we can’t overcome”, agreed Bishop Corvinus with his District Apostle.

It is not so simple with the 150 youth who suffer from lactose, milk or milk protein intolerances and others who require, for example, gluten-free food. They must be specially catered for, as must the 200 brothers and sisters who take only vegetarian or, to some extent, vegan sustenance.

Sponsors support the European Youth Day

The catering project group put questions requiring expert advice to Timm Reichold, whose firm has taken on the responsibility for catering to the EYD 2009. “We must really say that we have taken on the job of catering logistics”, he substantiated. The caterer has contacted many sponsors who are supporting the Youth Day with donated goods. 120,000 mini cakes have been donated by one sponsor, which will save the day for those have a sweet tooth. Timm Reichold’s latest success: a company is making 60 automatic coffee machines available free of charge. Thus the choice of drinks will be as varied as the European wishes dictate – whether tea, espresso or Latte macchiato, everyone’s taste is catered for.

Text: Spirit-Redaktion
Fotos: PG Verpflegung/Spirit