Community Fall Suppers Food

Saint Francis Anglican Fall Supper

Last night I made it three weekends in a row for fall suppers. This time it was a visit to Saint Francis Anglican. Saint Francis is a relatively new parish, being formed from the joining together of Saint. Anne’s, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, and Saint. Barnabas. The parish is located in the former Saint Anne’s building on Burrin Avenue. It’s a good place for a bus rider like myself, as it’s only a block off Main Street. The North Main Corydon gets you there quite well.

centerpiece at St. Francis Dinner
A pretty little centrepiece.

The hall where the supper is held is in the basement of the building, which is accessible for those who need mobility aids. This dinner has been running for many years, as a result it is run with great precision. It seems like it might get too crowded, but through good organization and considerate behaviour the meal runs smoothly.
The service is interesting is that it is a free for-all. Instead of calling tables, people are invited to get into line. I get in about midway down the line, and the line moves really quickly.

Saint Francis Supper

The Saint Francis Supper features Roast Beef and Ham. As I go through the line I start off with a good heaping spoonful of a fine oil and vinegar cole slaw. Then comes mashed potatoes, and lazy holopchi. The holopchi reminds me of the dish I tried at Estellia’s. There is corn and carrots, followed by the meat, and gravy to top everything off.

Saint Francis roast beef.
A heaping plateful of roast beef and all the trimmings

As you finish the line and make your way back to your seat, there is also a conveniently located pie table. I’m actually not sure what the pie I chose is called. The filling seems to consist of cranberries, but there are elements of mincemeat in the spicing. Whatever it is, it’s very delicious.

Saint Francis Pie table
A good selection of pies are available at the dinner
Saint Francis Berry Pie
A generous slice of berry pie

Coffee and Conversation

Various members of the parish bring the coffee, and other beverages to the tables. As a result of this, the congestion is further eased.
Traveling on my own to such dinners I generally find an empty seat and wait to see who I will get to know. Yesterday, I was joined by Frank and Terri Martin. Frank and Terri were part of the Saint Barnabas group that joined Saint Francis. While conversing with Terri, I discovered among other things, that she sings in the Sweet Adelines, along with a parishioner from Saint Philip’s.
That’s one of the best things about fall suppers. You get to meet new people and as you do you uncover shared connections.
Saint Francis offers two sitting of their Fall Supper. The first is at 5:00 pm and the second at 6:15 pm. My table mates were eating at the first setting and serving at the second. While it might look like little time between the two, there is no feeling of being rushed. This is a credit to the quick service of the parishioners, and the congenial conversation around the table.
If you get the chance next year, put this dinner on your calendar. It’s good food and most of all, good company, and that’s all you can ask from any dinner. Thanks Saint Francis, for putting on such a great meal.

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.