It had been almost two years since the last Knights of Columbus Fish Fry when they opened the doors of St. Peter's Parish Hall Friday night, March 4. Despite the gap in service, due to the pandemic, people were lined up out the door waiting to buy their tickets when I got there just after 5:30 p.m.
And despite the extra fryer, which was bought two years ago before COVID shut down the Lenten dinners, the volunteers in the kitchen couldn't keep up with the demand for shrimp, a popular choice that night.
I ordered the salmon plate, with fries. The salmon tasted even better than it did at previous dinners. Someone told me it had been marinated in orange juice; if that's the case, it would be worth trying at home! The fries were a little overcooked, but I'm sure the new volunteers will get the hang of that fryer by this week's dinner.
Fried plates come with the fries and coleslaw while the baked salmon comes with a choice of fries or veggies. A variety of drinks are available for purchase besides free water, tea and coffee. All meals include ice cream for dessert.
St. Peter's Parish Hall is located at 450 South Stage Coach Lane. All are welcome to enjoy a fish dinner each Friday through April 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. As the cost of food has gone up, the dinner prices have also gone up this year. The cost is $12 for fried fish, $15 for baked salmon and veggies; the fried fish and shrimp combo or shrimp plate is $15, while the child's plate is $6. Tickets are available at the door. Payment is by cash or checks only.
Proceeds from the Fish Fry will be directed to the various community activities supported by the Knights of Columbus including the Boys and Girls Club, REINS, Hope Clinic for Women and St. Peter's School. The Fish Fry is an opportunity for fellowship, and family gatherings while enjoying delicious food.
According to the master chef of the salmon, Maurice Bernier, the Knights served just over 300 meals March 4. He said, "The results you see are the results of many Knights working together to serve our community."