Smoke Meat Pete paying it forward – Smoke Meat Pete, known for their legendary smoked meat and other great dishes, is reaching out to the heroes, our health care workers and volunteers, who are at the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the pandemic spread and emergency measures were put into place, they had no choice but to close the interior of the restaurant and instead turn to take out and delivery service – something new for them. Business was down considerably, staff was reduced by 50% and they were struggling like many other places. They went out and had bumper stickers made for their own cars by Mike at MSB Signs & Lighting, as well as a huge banner that read ‘WE DELIVER’ with their telephone number on it. Pete and Melanie are doing the deliveries themselves. When they deliver, no contact is made – they place the order down in front of the door and ring the doorbell. They had to charge a $10 fee for delivery and some customers were not happy about it, but they are now using that fee to ‘pay it forward’ to donate and deliver meals to places in need.
When this first started in mid-March, they made a donation to the Ste. Anne’s Veteran Hospital and then a few days ago they reached out to Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke to ask him if he knew of any other places where they could help out. They heard that Canadian Military troops were being deployed in Quebec and wanted to help them too. Schiefke was not sure at the time about when and where they would be sent, but would call them when he knew. In the meantime, he suggested that helping out the health workers and volunteers at Manoir Harwood would be a good idea. And on April 30th, hot Smoke Meat Pete Specials were delivered and very well received at the Manoir. Next week they will be delivering Specials to the Lakeshore General Hospital. Each Special includes a smoke meat sandwich, cole slaw, pickles and a soda drink. The staff has been working hard and putting in overtime to make this all happen, it is a team effort. Their message to everyone is ‘Stay safe and be strong!’ and they want you to know that they truly do appreciate your business, as it is helping to keep them open… and to please pay it forward by helping others! They are located at 283, 1st avenue in Ile Perrot. For more information you can call them at 514-425-6068 or visit their website