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Turkey Dinner at Holy Trinity Anglican

I’m in the middle of a busy food weekend. Friday night I went over to Bella Vista Restaurant. Ross Jeffers, who formerly owned Cafe 1958, is now in charge at Bella Vista. Friday was opening night for him, and I wanted to pop in for dinner. I’ll have a review after I’ve paid a couple more visits. Today, I’m heading over to Holy Rosary for their fall spaghetti dinner. Last night, I was at Holy Trinity for their fall supper. The Holy Trinity fall supper is a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and a little Caribbean twist.

Turkey dinner table
The table settings for the turkey dinner at Holy Trinity make one think of autumn.

This is the most personal of all the fall suppers that I will attend. I entered the priesthood out of Holy Trinity, and It is one of the parishes in which I now serve. My split is sort of odd, in that I am generally only at Holy Trinity on weekdays and at St. Philip’s on Sundays. This means there are a lot of parishioners that I only get to connect with when I attend an event such as this turkey dinner.

punch and water
The punch and water station. Set up and ready to serve.

Turkey Dinner Seating

The hall at Holy Trinity is set up in such a way as to maximize the seating opportunities. It’s close, in a good way to get to know your neighbour sense. The serving line is set up just outside the kitchen service portal. Each place has a small dish of green salad at it, and an envelope of salad dressing. I got down quite a bit ahead of when the dinner started and spent time wandering around saying hello to people. Eventually, I take a seat in the middle of the room. The row I’m in is fairly empty when I sit down. Of course, as meal time approaches that changes as the tables all begin to fill up.

Now, you might think that being one the priests at Holy Trinity, I would end up among the first of the people in line. However, tables were being called out randomly, and despite being at table six, I ended up at the end of the line. Not to worry though, because there was plenty of food, so much so that people were able to go up for seconds.

Dinner and all the Fixings

The meal includes: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Cake, Stuffing, Vegetables, Gravy, Rice and Peas, and a Dinner Roll. Plus there was a side salad with a pouch of dressing. It seemed to me that would be more dressing than I would need. So, I suggested to my next seat neighbour, Alan, that we share a dressing pouch, and that worked out well. Alan(I didn’t get the actual spelling), is a parishioner at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic. He had seen a Shaw TV scroll advertising the dinner and decided to come along.

Turkey Dinner plate
My plate of food.

The rice and peas are the main Caribbean element in the meal. These are the real deal not the IKEA version. The reason rice and peas are included in a turkey dinner is that Holy Trinity is home to a good number of Caribbean parishioners. I’m realizing as I’m writing this that I didn’t ask if there was any hot sauce available, because there is often great hot sauce to accompany meals at the church. Much of the cooking is done by Caribbean parishioners, and special mention needs to be given to Janice Headley who oversaw the whole meal.

One of the things I really liked about my plate, was that I received a piece of turkey wing, bone and all. That means I got an bit of the seasoning that went into the turkey preparation. Although seconds were available, I stuck with the one plate. That meant I had room for dessert without feeling like I would explode.

Dessert and Coffee

I also really liked the fact that there were a good variety of desserts. Those who follow the blog regularly know that I think pumpkin pie should not exist. I will brook no argument on this subject. However, I do really enjoy apple crumble.  There was plenty of that available last night. I had another reason for really wanting to try that. The apples for the crumble come from local trees. There is a real team effort put into peeling and cutting the apples before they hit the oven.

Turkey dinner apple crumble
Apple Crumble with ice cream. The perfect way to finish off a turkey dinner.
Coffee
A cup of black coffee. The right accompaniment to crumble and ice cream.

On the whole a very satisfying dinner. There is even a little bonus for those who stayed until the end. Kemel and Joshua, two young parishioners, gave the meal goers an impromptu piano recital to go along with coffee and dessert. Well done by both, and thanks for making the dinner that much more enjoyable. Thanks also to all the people who worked to make the dinner successful. Many are in the kitchen, but there are a whole lot of others who make this a great dinner

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.