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The Kitchen serves up holiday cheer in Superior

Local law enforcement leaders converged on The Kitchen restaurant to raise funds for Toys for Tots and the American Legion honor guard.

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From left, Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander brings out plates of prime rib, while server Amanda Stovern grabs a plate from the kitchen and Superior Fire Chief Scott Gordon waits in line during the annual lunchtime charity drive at The Kitchen restaurant in Superior on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Diners descended in droves on The Kitchen restaurant Thursday, Dec. 8, drawn by the promise of a prime rib lunch and the chance to help the community.

Some well-known servers waited on them — Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander, Superior Fire Chief Scott Gordon, Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec and incoming sheriff, Detective Matt Izzard — during the restaurant’s annual lunchtime charity drive.

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Incoming Douglas County Sheriff Matt Izzard takes an order during the annual lunchtime charity drive at The Kitchen in Superior on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Tips collected during the two-hour event went to area nonprofits. This year, the celebrity servers brought in $1,500. It was split evenly between the fire department’s Toys for Tots program and the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 Honor Guard.

This was the eighth time owners Ed and Teresa Flood have held the event. For Dalbec and Gordon, it will be their last as both are retiring at the end of the year.

Teresa Flood said the event brought in a larger crowd than usual. A number of people who stopped by earlier in the day but couldn’t make it back for lunch dropped off donations as well.

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“We’ve got a lot of good people,” Flood said.

It wasn’t all work. There was a lot of laughter behind the counter. Izzard stood with a pencil and meal ticket, attempting to tally up the tax and tip. The incoming sheriff was a manager at Grizzlies before joining law enforcement.

“You can’t tell,” said server Amanda Stovern.

Flood split the dining area into four sections, giving Izzard just three tables.

“Because he’s new,” she said.

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Superior Fire Chief Scott Gordon, left, checks his math with server Brandie Hoven before ringing up a customer at The Kitchen in Superior on Thursday, Dec. 8. During the annual lunchtime charity drive, the Superior police and fire chiefs, as well as both the incoming and outgoing Douglas County sheriff, served up meals and collected donations for Toys for Tots and the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 Honor Guard.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Dalbec sprayed down tables and brought out coffee, stopping behind the till to chat with the owners and staff. He remembers when the event started. Initially held in October, it was later moved to the holiday season. In addition to serving, Dalbec said he did a little detective work.

“I found the bag of candy,” he said, reaching for a piece.

Alexander, too, has been a regular at the event.

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“Obviously, it’s a great opportunity to generate some money for some local nonprofits or charities that can use the help,” the police chief said, and it fits the department’s community policing philosophy. “Getting out and having positive contacts with people, and not just the adversarial ones. It helps everybody see the human side of officers.”

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Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander talks with diners on Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Kitchen restaurant during the business' annual lunchtime charity drive.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Gordon said one of the diners paid for her $13 lunch and left a $100 tip for Toys for Tots.

“That’s what this is all about,” he said.

Flood appreciated the work the celebrity servers put in, but told them not to quit their day jobs.

“I can’t make heads or tails of these men’s math,” she said.

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From left, server Amanda Stovern tries not to laugh as Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec, The Kitchen restaurant owner Ed Flood, Reece Lockerby and owner Teresa Flood chat behind the counter in Superior on Thursday, Dec. 8. Dalbec, who is retiring at the end of the year, has served food for all eight of the restaurant's annual lunchtime charity drives.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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Teresa Flood, who owns The Kitchen restaurant with her husband Ed, throws her hands up in the air in laughter with server Amanda Stovern, left, and incoming Douglas County Sheriff Matt Izzard during the annual lunchtime charity drive at the business on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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From left, server Amanda Stovern, Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander and owner Teresa Flood share a laugh behind the till of The Kitchen restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 8, during the business' annual lunchtime charity drive.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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From left, Superior Fire Chief Scott Gordon, Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec, incoming sheriff Matt Izzard and Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander stand behind the counter of The Kitchen restaurant on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, during a rare quiet moment. They spent two hours serving food at the restaurant. During that time, they collected $1,500 in donations — half went to the fire department's Toys for Tots program, the other half to the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 Honor Guard.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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The Kitchen restaurant in Superior was packed with diners during lunchtime on Thursday, Dec. 8, for their annual lunchtime charity drive. All tips collected went to the Superior Fire Department's Toys for Tots program and the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 Honor Guard.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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