FORT MYERS BEACH, Fl. - Saint Patrick's Day festivities may be winding down but all weekend long, one local restaurant has been serving up thousands of plates of holiday favorites.
Nervous Nellie's on Fort Myers Beach threw a Saint Paddy's day feast! For the past three days, the kitchen inside Nervous Nellie's has been bustling. Bakers preparing Irish soda bread, cooks marinating thousands of pounds of corned beef.
"Last year we did 2,200 pounds of corned beef at a one day event. This year we have a two-day event and we're going for 4,000 pounds," says owner, Rob DeGennaro.
Whether it's served with cabbage or on a cheesy reuban sandwich, Nervous Nellie's hopes to set a record for the most corned beef consumed.
"The delivery gentleman... is bringing the corned beef in and he opened the truck first time early in the morning, it was dark out and what he sees is 70 cases of corned beef sitting on the truck. He walked in and he said to me, 'there's something wrong here, they loaded too much corned beef! What should I do?' I said, 'no, you're gonna bring that in we're gonna use it!," he adds.
But it's not just about the food. The restaurant is also using the holiday to give back. Saturday's party benefited the local community emergency response team.
"In the event of a catastrophic disaster, the C.E.R.T. Team is probably the first people you'll see before the fire department or the police department gets there so its very instrumental that we keep them well trained and in order to do that the equipment, classroom time, that all costs money," says Steve DeAngelias, Asst. General Manager at Nervous Nellie's.
Sunday's event also pitched in. Proceeds will help a local family with medical bills for their daughter Leigh Ann Wheeler.