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'Children of the Fallen' Make Pizza and Fun Memories at Mellow Mushroom

The Army's Army and Mellow Mushroom sharing their love for survivors in our community.

by Kelly Twedell

Saturday morning, Aug. 20, The Army's Army teamed up with Fayetteville's Mellow Mushroom to host an interactive cooking class for surviving military children.

Around 20 kids ranging in age from toddlers to teens got a behind the scenes tour of Mellow Mushroom before getting lessons on how to press out pizza dough before putting on their toppings.

Reid Fogleman, principal owner of Capital Food Group, kicked off the tour off with providing the kids with facts about Mellow Mushroom before leading them where all the magic happens ending in the 39 degree storage refrigerator where the pizza dough, fresh vegetables and toppings are stored. A few brave youth even ventured into the freezer with shrieks of delight.

"We're thrilled to partner with The Army's Army to host such a wonderful event for the children of the fallen soldiers," said Food and Beverage Director for Mellow Mushroom, Sidney Julich. "This is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation for the local families who have sacrificed so much by providing them with an opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves."

During the event the children had the opportunity to get a photo with the mascot, "Mel", create and take home their own pizza, tour the kitchen of the restaurant and fellowship with other kids who have experienced the same loss in life of a parent.

"This is a lot of fun, but I still miss my dad," said one 6-year-old boy, as he spread sauce on his tray of dough.

The mothers mingled and enjoyed beverages and snacks on the patio while the kids played corn hole and waited for their pizza creations to come out of the oven. 

It was another step forward for these families as they ventured out to a local business in our community who supports them and reminds them that they have their back. 

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