Christ the King – Fall Supper


Last night I made it out to Christ the King Catholic Church for my first fall supper of the year. It was part of a big food day, as my lunch for the day involved taking part in our Fall BBQ at St. Philip’s. With various bits of running around and visiting I didn’t really get any photos of the BBQ. My only picture is of the marinating vegetable that I used in the pasta salad, which was my contribution to the potluck part of the BBQ.

Fall BBQ salad

These are the vegetables I used in my pasta salad. I marinated them over night before adding them to the salad.

While I didn’t get any pictures, I assure you that there was plenty of food to go around. Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, cheese, pickles, chips, and a variety of desserts. Plus a selection of coffee, tea, and soft drinks. All your BBQ needs. With all the rain we ate our food indoors, but a special thanks should go to the St. Philip’s People’s Warden David Cain who tended the grill in the rain so that we could all eat in the dry.

Once the BBQ and the clean up was done, I got to rest for a couple of hours for heading out to the fall supper at Christ the King. This past weekend was a really busy one for fall suppers, so choosing was a little difficult.

Christ the King pie table.

A selection from the pie table at the Christ the King fall supper.

I had two reasons for going with the one at Christ the King. The first was that it is quite close to St. Philip’s just being a little ways down St. Mary’s Rd. The second was a little more personal and goes back to my time preparing for the priesthood.*

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Holy Eucharist Fish Fry


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 Fish Fry at Holy Eucharist 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.

Holy Eucharist Hall

The Hall at Holy Eucharist is large and spacious.

Suppertime at Holy Eucharist

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.

Holy Eucharist Fry

Plate of Pickerel and sides from the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry

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?

Holy Eucharist Prize

My silent auction prize.

Winnipeg Fall Suppers – 2015


I know it’s only mid-August, but it’s time to start planning for the rush that comes with the return of the September routine. A nice break from that routine is a visit to a fall supper. If you live outside of Winnipeg, or like to travel outside of the city for your fall supper, there is a great web resource put together by Orest Kinasevych.  I didn’t see a corresponding list for fall suppers in the city, so I have decided to start one. I’ve put out some requests, but could use a few more suppers to fill out the list. If you know of a fall supper happening in Winnipeg, let me know in the comments, and I will add it to the list.

In addition to the more traditional fall suppers, I’ve added one or two fundraising dinners. These are run by Winnipeg groups aiming to create better communities within Winnipeg. While more expensive than most of the dinners, they help to promote community development and friendship, so they are on the list. By Winnipeg, I mean within the perimeter or accessible by Winnipeg Transit.

This list is appearing a fair way ahead of the suppers. Times and dates may change between now and the actual suppers.  I will attempt to get information updated as soon as possible. In many case tickets won’t be available until closer to the event itself.

I also hope to include a map, but since google maps is new to me, I want to make sure that I get the information out, just in case my map creation skills are not what I hope they are.

Fall Supper in Winnipeg

More Fall Potluck than Fall Supper, but it captures the idea quite well.

UCWLC of St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church – November 1-2015

250 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

1st sitting at 12:30pm 2nd sitting at 4:00pm Advance tickets to be purchased from Ollie @ (204) 334-0858 Adults: $15.00 Children: (6-12): $7.00 Children under 6: Free
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Roast Beef Dinner


Yesterday was a major day at St. Philip’s. In the morning we held our Remembrance Day Service. This year there was barely room to move, so many people attended. It was a solemn and profound experience. I don’t have the history as to how the two events came to be connected, but November 11th is also the day that St. Philip’s holds it’s roast beef dinner.

Our roast beef dinner is a celebration of good food, but it is also a time where we take the time to enjoy each others company. Over at our parish website, I’m going to write something about the time we spent together as we enjoyed the food. You’ll find more about some of the attendees, but I want to give a shout out here to Rob Duncan, aka Prairie Tweeter. Rob does a lot to promote Dining with Donald, and it was great to finally be able to meet him in person.

Readying the Roast Beef Dinner:

Needless to say, preparing a dinner for close to 100 people takes a lot of work.As you can see from the menu below, we were aiming for homemade as much as possible.

Roast Beef Dinner table setting

A table set for the roast beef dinner

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Legion Fall Supper


Yesterday afternoon was full of eating for me. It started with the Food Day Lunch at St. Mark’s and continued with the Fall Supper at the St. Boniface-Norwood Legion. It’s hard to believe that the Fall Suppers that I wrote about a few weeks ago are coming to an end. I almost missed out on the Legion one. I received a call from Faye Lavack the branch president asking if St. Philip’s wished to take a poppy box. I asked about tickets for the dinner and she told me they were all sold out. Fortunately she phoned back about five minutes later with the news that one of the tickets sellers had returned a single ticket so I was able to make my purchase.

The St.Boniface-Norwood Legion, is Branch #43 of The Royal Canadian Legion. It’s located on Marion Street, a couple of blocks over and just around the corner from St. Philip’s. One of the things that came along with being priest at St. Philip’s was that I also became padre for the branch. They will be joining us for our Remembrance Day service on November 11.

Dance band at the Legion

Nite Wind’s instruments set up between sets at the legion

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