'A wonderful event for the community'
If you go
What: 50th annual Lutefisk and Meatball Supper
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 523 4th Ave. SE
Cost: adults, $14 in advance or $15 at the door for adults; children ages 6-11, $4; preschool, free
Information: The meal is served family style. Meals will be delivered at no cost, and people can get takeout orders, too. Carryout or home delivery of meals can be reserved by calling Bonnie Jo or Meggen at 252-2841 or by requesting the meal at the ticket table during the event.
Frieda Larson and R.J. Ronholm have attended or helped at past Lutefisk and Meatball Supper events since the event began 50 years ago. They said they have a good time helping prepare for the event, and camaraderie in the kitchen is great.
"I have been in the kitchen for 25 years," said Ronholm, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jamestown. "I just like to do it. It is just fun. We all get along good."
Larson said everybody cooperates and works together to prepare for the annual event.
"You don't even think of it as work," said Larson, who is in charge of making the gravy for the meatballs.
The 50th annual Lutefisk and Meatball Supper will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall in Trinity Lutheran Church.
"It is a wonderful event for the community," said the Rev. Kristi Weber, senior pastor at the church. "People come from long distances for the dinner. It is a nice family event."
Randy Lebahn, coordinator of the event, said he is expecting the Men of Trinity, with help from the Women of Trinity, to serve about 500 people. Ronholm said more than 1,000 people used to attend the event.
"The younger people don't care for lutefisk, and the older people like it," she said.
Lutefisk is cod fish that is soaked in lye and is gelatinous in texture. Lebahn said the Men of Trinity got the lutefisk from Hugo's Family Marketplace, which got it from Olsen Fish Co. in Minneapolis. He said the lutefisk comes dried, then it is soaked in lye solution, rinsed with cold water and boiled.
"You just put some melted butter, salt and pepper on it and it tastes good," Larson said.
Ronholm said people should have melted butter with lutefisk. Two or three people will be on hand at the event to melt butter.
Meal preparation will begin on Monday, when the Men of Trinity will set up tables and chairs. On Tuesday, the Men of Trinity peel potatoes. The Women of Trinity will also roll the meatballs on Tuesday, and the gravy for them is made on Wednesday morning.
Lebahn said about 375 pounds of lutefisk, 275 pounds of red potatoes, 200 pounds of meatballs and 100 pounds of coleslaw will be made for the event. The supper also includes 25 dozen buns, cranberries and lefse.
Lebahn said about 60 to 70 Men of Trinity members and 25 to 30 Women of Trinity members help for the event. The local Jamestown chapter of Boy Scouts of America Northern Lights Council will also help.
"We get a lot of volunteers to help," he said.
Last year the event raised over $8,900, and it netted $4,100 after expenses. The annual fundraiser supports Red Willow Bible Camp, Boy Scouts of America Northern Lights Council, Salvation Army, holiday food baskets for church members in need, the Community Block Party, expenses for the church's van, maintenance and transportation expenses.
At the conclusion of the supper, surplus items will be available for purchase.