'Lasagna Lady' in Norfolk cooking up 1,000 lasagnas for those in need this holiday season

Posted at 2:01 PM, Dec 02, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. - It's all hands on deck inside the kitchen of the Women's Club of Norfolk.

"You are meat and cheese, and you guys are sauce and noodles," Sam Peavy says to her volunteers.

Each volunteer has a task, each layer must be perfectly placed. "You're just gonna paint the sauce on a little bit," Peavy said. "We will be doing 70 today."

Sam Peavy is known as the 'Lasagna Lady.' She is the chef in charge.

"I love making lasagna, to me lasagna is lots of love, so I thought I should call this Love and Lasagna."

In October she had an Italian inspiration of sorts. "I just sort of saw pans coming out of the sky," she said. "I told my husband I needed to do something."

Peavy decided to partner with the Women's Club of Norfolk and the Norfolk Fire Department to serve up 1,000 cheesy, meaty pasta perfections to groups, seniors or children in need before the end of December.

"I'd really like for everyone in Virginia, or in our community anyway, to have lasagna for the holidays, to have something warm or some type of centerpiece to converse, heal, whatever they need it for," Peavy said.

This isn't Peavy's first time in the kitchen. She's been cooking lasagna for more than 25 years, perfecting more than 400 recipes.

"There is a scripture, 'Love thy neighbor,' and I know that now people are getting to know their neighborhood, getting to know their neighbors during the pandemic," she said. "What better way to have this square piece of love in the middle of that conversation? You never know what someone else is going through."

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