CASA GRANDE — Although the Hideout Steakhouse & BBQ in Casa Grande will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, a group of staffers and some family members will assemble inside to prepare about 200 turkey dinners for the homeless and less fortunate.

The meals will include smoked turkey, mashed potatoes and an assortment of side dishes that will be distributed at no cost through community agencies that work with the homeless and vulnerable populations, said Todd Gillespie, owner of the Hideout Steakhouse & BBQ.

“This is our way of giving back to the community,” Gillespie said. “We hope it’s the start of a new tradition.”

The restaurant is new to the Casa Grande foodie landscape, having opened in March.

Focused on steak, which is cut in-house, the Hideout serves an average of 500 people a day, Gillespie told a PinalCentral reporter in July. The restaurant also smokes its own meats, including brisket, tri-tip and pulled pork. Some of the foods served in the restaurant are Gillespie family recipes.

The turkey served to the homeless on Thanksgiving will be smoked at the restaurant in its in-house smoker. The other aspects of the meal will also be prepared and packaged at the restaurant.

And on Thanksgiving Day, Gillespie will have some of his family members volunteering alongside him.

“Even the grandkids are coming down to help,” he said.

The meals will be prepared in the morning and distributed between 11 a.m. and noon.

Recipients will be given meals in to-go containers and may eat them on the restaurant patio or take them home.

“This is something we wanted to do for the community,” Gillespie said. “We wanted to feed those who otherwise wouldn’t have a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day.”

Other groups are also working on Thanksgiving Day, hoping to feed those who might not have a celebratory dinner.

Seeds of Hope will host the annual community Thanksgiving Day meal again this year, offering in-person dining open to all from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Casa Grande Valley Elks Lodge, 909 E. Florence Blvd. There is no charge to attend. Those needing home delivery for shut-ins may call 520-836-6335.

Celebrate Recovery will be hosting a full, free Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Compass Christian Church, 1510 N. Casa Grande Ave. No registration is needed. The event is open to all who would like to enjoy a great meal, including families. Call 540-226-8976 for more information.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at

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