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Trio to pay it forward this Thanksgiving

Nathan Baker • Nov 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Three small business owners, thankful for their stations in life, hope to pay it forward this Thanksgiving by serving dozens of dinners to people who need them.

Terrence “TJ” Fields, of Big Boy’s Pop-Up Eatery; Micah Taylor, or Taylor Made Barber Shop; and Colter Hicks, of Tulips American Grub & Pub, plan to cook and serve at least 30 meals.

“We’re all three at a point now where we’re blessed enough to be able to help others,” Fields said Wednesday. “All of us know people in need, but this goes beyond the people we know.

“We sat down and put our heads together, and decided for Thanksgiving we wanted to make somebody’s life easier by taking some of the weight of their shoulders.”

The trio will lift that weight by cooking a ton of food.

Fields said they will smoke 30 turkeys and bake stuffing, sweet potato casserole, rolls and more. The dinners will be served Thanksgiving Day at Tulips, 3002 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City.

As of Wednesday, Fields was still accepting nominations for families who could benefit from the meals on his website, bigboyspopup.squarespace.com. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the nomination form. Nominations may also be called in to Fields at 423-557-7801.

He said as many dinners will be served as possible, granted in order of need and when nominations were received.

37-year-old Fields said he’s been cooking for 30 years, starting as a child in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother. He started his catering company, Big Boy’s Pop-Up Eatery, earlier this year, but for the last three years, he’s served fried fish at special events, like the Tree Streets Yard Sale.

He also works part-time as a cook in the Tulips kitchen.

Fields said he’d like to make the meal a holiday tradition, serving more people next year.

The three also plan to collect toys and other items for needy families this Christmas. They’ll be accepting donations of toys, blankets, jackets and other items at Tulips. For more information, call Fields.

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