By Kelsey Jochum, Content Editor
The UNO campus was busier than usual with the Fourth Annual National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Pancake Feed taking place. Anxiously anticipating a pancake and sausage dinner, Omaha residents lined up in the UNO Alumni Center to be part of the event put on by the UNO chapter of the NSSLHA.
Not only were attendees excited to enjoy homemade pancakes, they were pleased to find the experts behind the grill happy to serve them.
Ted and Evonne White, who own Chris Cakes of Maryville, Mo., catered the event. The couple served more than 100 pancakes before the night was through.
The Whites whizzed pancakes through the air for hungry folks to catch on their plates, making the experience interactive and encouraging camaraderie among diners.
While Chris Cakes was originally started in Pocahontas, Iowa, the Whites bought the company in 1989, moved it to Missouri and have since been traveling all over to cater gatherings of all sizes.
“We do a lot of events like this all over the country,” said Evonne White. “We’ve been to Texas, Florida, Maryland, lots in Minnesota and many other places as well.”
Still, the Midwest holds a special spot in White’s heart, the location she enjoys traveling to most to cater.
“I always hope to get more events around here in the Omaha area,” White said. “It’s a nice area, and I really enjoy coming back here.”
Packed with food, friends and fun, the event was a success. All money from the $5 cost of admission went toward NSSLHA’s Puzzle Walk in May.
“The NSSLHA is a Collegiate Sertoma group which focuses on education and awareness of the issues of speech-language pathology,” said UNO student Rilee Park. “We also work closely with the Autism Society of Nebraska, which is the sponsor of the Puzzle Walk that we are raising money for today.”