Last night I attended the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry. Last year when I did my post on Fall Suppers, I got started a little late. As a result, I only got to three. Those were connected to my role as a priest. This year when I listed the suppers I decided to try and attend a few more. The Holy Eucharist Fish Fry was the first.
This was a dinner that had me reminiscing as I was getting ready to go. For years I worked at the Family Foods on the corner of Watt and Kimberley. Being a bus traveler, I had rode past Holy Eucharist many times, but had never gone in. After last night I still haven’t, because the Parish Hall is located across Watt Street from the church. Still I found myself wondering if I might run into any former customers during the evening.
Suppertime at Holy Eucharist Fish Fry
The meal at Holy Eucharist consisted of pickerel, potatoes, coleslaw, slices of rye bread, and peas and carrots. The pickerel had been brought into town fresh that day, and was lightly breaded. I really enjoyed the coleslaw. I’m a coleslaw fan, and this one was a real nice oil and vinegar one, without too much dressing on it. As you can see from the photo below I was served a good plateful. Dessert was a choice of vanilla or chocolate cake.
When I arrived, the hall was only about two-thirds full. Not knowing anyone there, I took a table on my own. Like many of these suppers the tables were called up to be served by number. My table was called early. Despite having sat down by myself, shortly after I picked up my food, the table started filling up. In a few minutes the table was completely filled.
There was a family of three. Four sisters from the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, (They operate out of Holy Family Home), as well as a mother and daughter. During the course of the meal, we talked about calling, and about community. One of the pleasures of events such as fall suppers, is the general hum of conversation that goes on all around you.
I mentioned earlier that I wondered if I would see any former customers, and I have to admit that while one or two people looked familiar I didn’t run into anyone. However, I did run into Davada a friend and parishioner from Holy Trinity. It turns out she also has connections to Holy Eucharist as well as the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. It’s great to come away from an event like the supper creating new relationships and friendships, and seeing in how many ways I’m already connected to new people.
Along the way, I also discovered that there is another supper coming up at Holy Eucharist. This is their Fall Supper, and it happens on November 8th. Their fall supper is a perogy supper and it sounds real good. Plus the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate have a women’s supper coming up. I’ll have more information on that shortly.
Finally, I decided to pick up a few silent auction tickets. Wonder of wonders, my number was called for a set of Ukranian serving dishes. It is really quite an attractive set. Though, I’m not sure yet if I will put in on my shelves or add it to the prize pool for the St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off. Do think this will make a good prize?