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Dining All Through the Weekend

I had a busy weekend of dining. I wrote about some of it in my last post. It started out on Friday night attending the Prairie Voices Tasting Notes, concert. I wrote about last year’s concert here. Then Saturday night we held a Chinese Dinner at St. Philip’s. Finally, on Sunday afternoon, I was at the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion, for the Ladies Auxiliary’s 90th Anniversary Dinner.

Dining on Cake

10th March - Thankyou
10th March - Thankyou

This year’s Tasting Notes featured several of the singers sharing what being part of the choir had meant to them and how it had helped them develop different parts of their character and deal with some of the anxieties of their lives. From a music standpoint the pieces performed were all arrangements of various songs. Several of the arrangements were done by people connected to the choir, such as accompanist Ben Sellick.

I enjoyed my piece of cake. This was a Ferrero Rocher cake. complete with a chocolate on top.

One of the things that I enjoy about events like this is that I often run into people that I haven’t seen in a long while. This time I ran into Cam Marsland, an old friend of my and my family’s from our days in Prince Albert. I didn’t really know him back in those days, but he worked at the Grace Hospital during our time here in Winnipeg. It had been quite a few years since we had last seen each other. We had a nice catch up over the course of the evening.

This was a good way to end the work week. Along the way, before the concert started I stopped off for a light bit of lunch at the Pizza, Pizza, just around the corner from Maranatha Evangelical Free Church, where the concert was held. I opted for a slice of pizza and an order of fries.

Pizza slice
A slice of hot Pepperoni Pizza from Pizza Pizza.

The pizza was pretty good, and l liked the fact that the fries were good, hot, and crispy. This was a $5.00 deal and made for a good, light meal before the concert.

The fries at Pizza, Pizza were quite good. Hot and crispy.

Chinese Dinner

As I’ve mentioned over the past little while, things at St. Philip’s are slowly starting to wind down. We still don’t know exactly what direction we are going. However, as we go through this process we are also taking the time to celebrate our life together.
One of the things that we have done in past years is held a Chinese Dinner. This dinner has been catered by the Marigold Restaurant on St. Mary’s Avenue.

Over the years several of our parishioners have had a relationship with the restaurant’s owners. As a result they have been our regular caterer for this event. To make this evening as work free for our parishioners we asked Marigold to provide us with someone to help set up and clean up. The owner’s son was along, and the young woman who came did an excellent job of making sure that everything was looked after.

dry veal
A tray full of the veal was one of the choices at the Chinese Dinner.

Over the years we’ve had many of these events held as fundraiser. This year it was a little smaller, we did it as an opportunity for members past and present to get together. There were about 50 or so people dining that evening. There was plenty of food and the conversation carried along into the evening.

We ended up with more food than we had people. However, that didn’t end up being a problem. The Marigold staff ended up packaging them into many containers and we were able to share the leftovers the next day, with one of our parish families.

Dining at the Legion

One of the connections I have had with the community around St. Philip’s over the last several years is serving as Chaplain at the local Legion branch which is just a couple of blocks away from the church. A few weeks ago I received an invitation in the mail to attend and offer the pre-meal grace at the Ladies Auxiliary 90th anniversary.

The lunch was scheduled to start at 2:00 pm with speeches, etc., and the meal itself served at 4 pm. Fortunately, for me, coffee time at church included Rice Krispie Squares and Ice Cream. That was more than enough to keep my stomach from rumbling while I waited for my my lunch.

The tables at the Legion were set up with a nice little gift package for all the guests. It contained a Legion tote bag, a planner, a notepad and a pen.

Dining with a tote bag
This was the tote bag that we all received while dining at the Legion.

We started with the speeches from the various dignitaries and other Legion members. Then we waited a little while before our salads were served. The meal was being catered by Danny’s Whole Hog, but the salad was made by the kitchen staff at the Legion.

Caesar Salad
The Caesar salad for our meal were made by the Legion kitchen.

I also picked myself up a glass of wine from the bar, to sip leisurely as I was awaiting for the food.

red wine
A pleasant glass of red wine to help pass the afternoon.

Danny’s Serves Dinner

As I said, the meal was catered by Danny’s Whole Hog. They sent along one of their staff, named Eric. Not surprisingly, he did a great job of setting everything up, and working with the servers from the Legion. The meal consisted of pulled beef, pulled turkey, beans, buns, mixed vegetables, and baked potato. Much like the Chinese dinner the previous evening there was plenty of food to go around. After enjoying the plate below, there was enough for seconds.

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My plate from the Legion lunch.

After serving the main course, there was cake to finish off the meal. I liked the fact that the piece wasn’t too large. It added just enough sweetness to top off the meal quite well.

A piece pf chocolate cake. There were two choices but by the time it got to me there was only chocolate cake. I’m not sure what my writing said.

Door Prize Winning

Along with the dinner there were a number of door prizes that were on a table on the back. When we gave in our tickets at the door we were entered into the door prize draw. The draw was made as the cake was being passed around, and I ended up winning the first of the door prizes(no, I didn’t end up drawing my own).

dining popcorn maker
The popcorn maker that I won as a door prize. The things on top were part of the packages they left at our place settings.

I wound up with a silicon microwave popcorn maker. I have a small one at home, and I figured it would be nice to have a larger one, where I could make a big bowl of popcorn at one time.

When all was said and done, it turned out to be a very filling weekend. Full of good dining and good conversations.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.