SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) - A Valley veteran is giving back in a big way and says it's all to bring the community together and thank those who have and continue to serve.
"I got hurt when I was in the Navy, [I] had to lay up for a while," Chef Doug Smith said. "One of my buddies I worked out within the gym, he was a private chef, I went up and prepped some food with him and I said, 'this is it, this is what I’m doing with the rest of my life.'"
Chef Doug Smith runs a tight ship and you will find him and the helm, prepping and cooking.
The veteran served in the Navy from 1988 through 1993 and now he's paying it forward, serving a free buffet for veterans at his Scottsdale restaurant The Bourbon Cellar.
"We have a true filet, meatballs that we made smothered in sweet lime bourbon marina sauce," he said.
The sauce will smother fresh penne pasta, which will be served with a Romaine salad and breadsticks.
"I’m blessed and I’m very fortunate I’m in a position where I can serve some dinner bring the community together," he said.
Bringing people to the table to talk, share stories and honor those who wear a uniform is what it's all about for Chef Smith, even if you're not a veteran.
"All you have to do is show up, be happy, meet some new friends, sit down and I may even come over and say hi to you as well," he said.
The free dinners will take place on the third Wednesday of every month from 5 until 8 p.m. in Scottsdale.