LACONIA — Last evening Lou Gaynor, the chef for Hands Across the Table since the popular program began in June 2011, prepared his last meal — beef over noodles topped off with tiramisu for desert — for more than 150 diners at the parish hall at St. Andre Bessette Parish.
Sandy Morey said that apart from the six weeks Gaynor has been spending in Florida each year, "he has cooked every single meal from day one and done all the shopping. He's done everything from soup to nuts." Now he is going to be a full-time resident of the Sunshine State.
Deacon Russ Morey said that Gaynor planned the menus, which were never "hum-drum," but always "well-balanced with lots of variety and super tasty. We never wonder if we we're going to eat and eat well," he added, "and there's always enough, no matter how many people show up."
Gaynor said that he has enjoyed his part in the popularity of the program, which he believes will continue to grow as his successor, Tammy Fontaine, takes his place in the kitchen.
CAPTION: Lou Gaynor, who for past three years has planned and prepared the meals for Hands Across the Table, with his successor, Tammy Fontaine. The Florida-bound Gaynor served his last meal yesterday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)