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[MSP] Church Dinners

I recently realized that Lent is around the corner (begins Feb. 21) which means Friday Fish Frys at Catholic churches are soon to follow.

City Pages named St. Albert the Great Catholic Church the best fish fry of 2006 (http://citypages.com/bestof2006/foods...) which got me thinking - what other kind of church dinners are out there?

I've heard Our Lady of Guadalupe does an enchilada dinner during lent (vegetarian, of course). Does anyone know of any other interesting/ethnic church dinners out there?

I'm not necessarily looking for Catholic- or Lent-only.


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  1. Don't forget the Friday pierogies lunch -- eat in or take out -- at Sacred Heart Church.
    22nd Ave & 5th St NE, Minneapolis.

    Mickie Turck wrote about it in the December issue of Edible Twin Cities.

    1. St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church has a great dinner during their fall festival. Not sure if they're doing anything before Lent, though.



      1. Our Lady of Guadalupe indeed has a GREAT enchilada dinner Fridays during Lent.

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        1. re: Sven

          Where is Our Lady of Guadalupe located?

          1. re: StPauliGirl

            I just looked it up – 401 Concord St., St. Paul, MN 55107

            Here's a map link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...

            1. re: MaggieB

              Right at the intersection of US 52 and Concord Blvd/Cesar Chavez Blvd. Its about half way between I-94 and I-494.

        2. what about smelt fries? anyone know of a place that does one of those? a church in lacrosse, wi--where i grew up--used to do one or two every lent. my wife and i have been travelling in the mediterranean for the last 8 weeks and we return home tomorrow. i was just telling her that i need to find a substitute for the deep fried sardines i've had on our trip...i know sardines aren't smelt, but they've gotta be close.

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          1. re: knaveboy

            The Brooklyn Park Lions Club has the best smelt fry in town at the end of every April.

            Here is last years release:

            Brooklyn Park Annual Smelt Fry
            Soon the city of Brooklyn Park will gather again to fry the best smelt from Lake Superior at the Brooklyn Park National Guard Armory, located at 5600 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN. The ever popular Brooklyn Park Lions Smelt Fry, a fun annual feast is Wed April 26 thru Friday April 28. But remember, this feast has a 44-year following-so you'll want to arrive early! The Smelt Fry begins at 5pm and continues until 8. It includes all-you-can-eat smelt with rolls,coleslaw, baked beans, chips and drink for $9. For Children 12 and under the price is $5. Beer is available for $2 per glass. Assisting will be the Brooklyn Park Lady Lions Club (helping with the serving), Lookout Bar and Grill (serving the beer) and youth from the Troop 332 Boy Scouts(helping with cleaning up the tables and selling their candy). It's cooking in Brooklyn Park! For presale tickets, contact any Brooklyn Park Lion. For additional information, contact Smelt Fry Coordinator Lion Jim Driste, 763-425-8114.

          2. OMG! THANK you for starting this post. I am from the Buffalo, NY area and now live here in the Twin Cities. Back east, EVERY Friday was Fish Fry night and I crave, crave, crave the real deal.
            Are there really pierogies? Are there really decent places for fish fries!
            More, more, more ideas please!

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            1. re: Abacus

              I did a quick scan of several parishes websites (masstimes.org has links to many churches in the metro area). Almost all of the places I looked had not posted calendars of events past Febuary.

              We haven't done the church dinner circuit here yet but your best bet for pierogies may be at Holy Cross(http://www.ourholycross.com/). They still masses in Polish.

              If we are looking for fish frys, we seem to end up at Elsies bowling alley in Nordeast.

              1. re: doogette

                Thanks for the link! I just looked at their most recent Sunday bulletin and found this:

                KEEP THE DATE OPEN - The Annual Holy Cross Sauerkraut Supper is Tuesday, February 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM in the school gym. Also featured will be music and dancing from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in Kolbe Hall. Save the date and invite your friends for this delicious dinner and great music before the start of the Lenten season.

              2. re: Abacus

                One other small thought. Look at the Calendar in the Out and About section in The Catholic spirit (http://www.thecatholicspirit.com/) , the newspaper for the diocese. It's mostly spagetti dinners now but it should point towards fish frys soon.

              3. I'm happy to report that myself, my SO and a few friends will be dining at Holy Cross (1621 University Ave. NE) on Good Friday. $8 AYCE fish fry, including mac & cheese. Yum! I'll report back next week :)

                Here's the info:
                Fish fry at Holy Cross, Minneapolis — March 30, April 6: 5 to 7 p.m. Features fish, macaroni and cheese and more. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Sponsored by Holy Cross Educational Task Force.

                1. Well, the fish fry was a HUGE success. Everything turned out great. We headed over to Holy Cross around 6 and bought our $8 tickets at the door of the church basement.

                  We were each handed a plate heaped with two golden fried fish filets, choice of fries or baked potato (I went with fries), a scoop of homemade macaroni and cheese, and dinner rolls. We then went to a small buffet cart filled with coleslaw, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce and lemons.

                  They had milk and water at a table nearby and coffee on the individual dinner tables. The food was AWESOME. Exactly what we wanted, if not better. Not to mention how great the atmosphere. We dined with toddlers and seniors alike.

                  PIctures are attached. The bottom shot is of all my pals eating (unfortunately I'm the one taking the picture!).

                  Thank you Holy Cross for your hospitality!

                  1. St. Maron's Catholic Church (600 University Ave NE) is having their Taste of Lebanon this Sunday, April 22 from 12-6. Dinner is at 5pm in the giant Cedars Hall, and costs $20, according to the sign outside the building.

                    Also, across the street is St. Constantine's Ukranian Catholic Church, which sells pyrohy (the Ukranian permutation of Eastern European dumplings) on Fridays from 11-1. They happened to be closed one the one day that I went to investigate, but a sign said sales would continue through then end of May, and then the pyrohy-makers take a summer vacation. The building to go to is located at 314 6th St. NE, just around the corner from the actual church building.

                    1. Holy Cross isn't doing their fish fry this year! Major disappointment after having a great time there last year.

                      Where's the hopping church basement scene this year? We're just looking for your good ol' fashioned midwestern AYCE cheap fish fry.

                      1. Plymouth Congregational Church on Franklin and Nicollet isn't a Catholic church, but it offers Sunday Dinners and Wednesday Dinners year-round. The food is good, reminds me of supper club fare. And check out the church sanctuary - it's gorgeous.

                        From their website:

                        SUNDAY DINNER in the Katy Lenmark Dining Room. Suggested donation: $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Menu for Feb. 17: New Members Brunch (All are welcome.) Egg Bake, Sausage & Bacon, Fruit, Assorted Muffins, Oatmeal.

                        WEDNESDAY Dinner in the Katy Lenmark Dining Room. Suggested donation: $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Menu for Feb. 13: Cheese Burgers, Crispy Potato Wedges, Steamed Vegetables, Salad Bar, Homemade Soup, Assorted Desserts, Vegetarian Option.