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Sep 16, 2013 07:36 PM

Dinners at the Hungarian Church

A friend and I are thinking of checking out a dinner at the Hungarian Church in Villeray next Saturday.

Dinner starts at 7pm and it costs $30. That's all we can figure out from the poster. Has anyone been to one of these things? Is live music and booze included? Will anyone be under the age of 40-35? I think there will dancing, judging by the poster... (I saw this posted at the Charcuterie Hongroise on St-L, btw)

Hopefully there's some Hungarian readers here. (I called the number on the poster but I couldn't understand the fellow very well.) Thanks for any help.

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  1. Hi Shattered,
    The advert on FB is not very detailed (regarding the food at least). All it says in addition to what you have already mentioned is that there will be a dance group performing, cider served, raffle, etc...
    It's to celebrate the harvest (grape).

    You have until September 17 (tomorrow) to reserve your ticket.

    I am part Hungarian, but I haven't been to many events here in Montreal, since mostly older folk seem to go (50 yrs +), HOWEVER some events are mixed and I think this particular dinner might have a good range of ages.

    Hope this helps!

    1. Let us know the results if you go.
      I oftentimes see similar posters at Fairmont, making me want to try it. Joseph, the butcher speaks highly of it, but he is Hungarian and he's well over 50, so I don't know how biased the opinion is.

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      1. re: porker

        He seems to know his stuff. You are being charitable. I'm over 50, and I think he could be my dad.

        I'd love that too, and it is just a bit of a walk north of chez moi, but I don't speak Hungarian, and I can't really puzzle out what actually is included.

        1. re: lagatta

          If its anything like the Portuguese festival in the church parking lot at Rachel & St. Urbain at the beginning of August, we're missing out!

      2. Thanks for the comments. Well I called them again too late for this one, but I spoke to someone with perfect English and may as well note what you get for $30: Main dish is pork cutlets with soup, salad, desert. Wine costs extra. There's a live folk band and dancing after dinner. I didn't have the nerve to ask the average age, haha.

        Seems a bit pricey for what you get, even with the music. I could eat at the Hungarian place on Duluth when they have live music on Fridays for the same, or maybe its $5 cheaper on Duluth. Depends how good the meal is. (This reminded me to leave some feedback on the dinners at the Portuguese Association:


        Their facebook page shows another dinner in early Oct so maybe I'll try it then. Will report back if I do.

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        1. re: Shattered

          Shattered, is there wine and beer at the Duluth Hungarian place? Seems to me they had no serving or byob licence?

          $30 does sound a bit expensive for something I could make at home for much less per person - I have plenty of paprika and paprika sauces from Fairmount and Charcuterie Hongroise, and could use Porc Meilleur pork.

          1. re: lagatta

            $30 does indeed *sound* expensive, but I don't think thats the point. As DockPotato mentions, its likely more about community socializing and I'd hazard its about fundraising as well.

          2. re: Shattered

            Pork cutlets, soup, salad and desert cover a lot of possibilities. Depends what those dishes are exactly. Church meal functions of any kind are generally more about the community socializing.

            Now, what you don't want to ever run from is where a Hungarian church puts on a sausage sale. That's where the entire congregation teams up to make kolbasz and possibly hura (rice and liver sausage).

            1. re: DockPotato

              Indeed. The Hungarian United church at the corner of Jean-Talon/Graham and Acadie, at the very beginning of TMR (from my standpoint in Petite-Italie) has extraordinary sausage sales. We must check the dates now that autumn is almost here.

              They also have splendid homemade egg noodles.