Despite diligently listing as many Winnipeg Fall Suppers as I can, I hadn’t attended any of them until yesterday. However I finally managed to enjoy one yesterday afternoon. I traveled up to the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper on Monroe at Watt Street. This is the second fall supper that Holy Eucharist hosts. Each year they also host a Fish Fry in September. I really enjoyed the Fish Fry last year, and so I figured the fall supper should be really good as well.
Welcoming at the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper
The Holy Eucharist Hall is quite large. After paying for and picking up my ticket I went in to find a place to sit. While I was wandering around, I noticed that several of the tables featured reserved signs. I ran into a couple I know from Holy Trinity Anglican who were part of a larger group looking for seats. After looking for a couple of minutes I approached the women who had seated them, and asked for assistance finding seating. Not only did she help me find a seat, but she introduced me to her cousin and his wife who made for very agreeable dinner companions for the rest of the evening. Unfortunately I’ve forgotten everyone’s names, however, thanks to them for making me feel so very welcome.
Fall Supper Feasting
The Holy Eucharist Fall Supper feeds about 400 people each setting. This requires a lot of organization and great teamwork from all the volunteers. The meal begins with a sung table grace(picture below), and then the serving starts. There are four serving lines, and everyone is through in half an hour. This is a tribute to the volunteers manning the lines.
This is one fall supper where you will not come away hungry. You could eat only half of what’s on offer and still not come away hungry. If you read this blog regularly you know that I like to challenge the limits of my capacity. This supper certainly challenged those limits, and that’s with nothing but a few cookies to eat between breakfast and the dinner at about 3:30pm.
There are of course the traditional Ukrainian specialties, Cabbage Rolls and Perogies. These show the pride and care of the member of the community who have made them for the evening. Then there is Fried Chicken (from Candy’s if my information is correct), mashed potatoes, meatballs, coleslaw, corn, pickles, pickled carrot chips, bread, and butter. For dessert there is a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. I went with the apple of course. Coffee, tea, juice and water were also on offer.
Conversation continue all the while as the food is being enjoyed. There is a general buzz of enjoyment that settles over the hall as people share food, and stories, often of past fall suppers. I recommend putting the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper on your list of October activities for next fall.