These days, traditions seem to fizzle or lose their momentum as interest fades and people begin looking for something new and different. That’s not the case with the annual Bell’s Hill Elementary enchilada dinner. Staff, students, parents, and volunteers have been hosting the dinner for more than 30 years, Principal Bevil Cohn said. It’s become a tradition for many in the community, long after kids have grown, moved up, and graduated.
Two ladies sitting together enjoying their cheese enchiladas, rice, beans, and sopapilla cheesecake, seemed to be right at home, and there’s a reason for that – they’ve been attending for at least 20 years, although neither could remember an exact number. The school’s cafeteria was full of smiles, as family and friends gathered to support their school and enjoy a meal together.
Event organizers even opted to offer a drive-thru option this year after an organizer’s relative mentioned in passing, “Could you just bring it out to my car for me?” From there, the idea grew. They enlisted the help of the University High School soccer team, who served as order and food runners, while a staff member collected payments from customers waiting in the drive-thru line.
In total, this year’s event sold 496 enchilada plates – to put that in perspective, Bell’s Hill staff rolled a total of 16 oversized trays of enchiladas. In just two short hours, Thursday night’s customers consumed 1,300 tortillas, 40 pounds of rice, 50 pounds of beans, and 15 gallons of iced tea.
Congratulations to Bell’s Hill Elementary on another successful enchilada dinner – a community tradition with staying power.