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Grace Lutheran Salad Luncheon is Sept. 6

Grace Lutheran Church volunteer Bertha Anderson serves up some salad at last year’s luncheon. SUBMITTED PHOTO

When many people hear the word “salad,” leafy greens and vegetables are often the first images that come to mind.

However, a local organization is demonstrating that a salad can be so much more than just the stereotypical rabbit food, consisting primarily of garden produce.

Experience the whole range at the 13th annual Salad Luncheon, hosted by the Grace Lutheran Church Women. The lunch will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at the church, located at 213 Roosevelt Ave.

“We have every kind of salad you can imagine,” said Bertha Anderson, co-chair of the event.

Everything from taco salad, macaroni salad, crab salad, and wild rice salad, to fruit salad and Jell-O salad will be featured, among many, many, other salad and dessert options.

In addition to the rainbow of salads and desserts, homemade yeast bread, deviled eggs, and the very popular fruit pizza will also be featured.

“Usually people are waiting,” Anderson said of the lines that gather before the doors open. “They all want to be the first ones.”

The cost is $7 per person, and provides unlimited salad. Tickets can be purchased at the church from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday through Friday, or on the day of the event at the door.

In past years, more than 400 people have come to Grace Lutheran Church to enjoy the bounty of salads.

“We have four serving lines, so if you are working and have a short time for lunch, we can serve you in a hurry,” Anderson said.

According to Anderson, the church has already received phone calls this year from salad enthusiasts inquiring about the upcoming event.

“They seem to look forward to it every year,” Anderson said of the community’s interest in the event.

Volunteers who help to prepare and serve the food proudly wear patriotic aprons crafted by event co-chair Bev Berg. Star-spangled red, white, and blue decorations will also brighten up the space.

“Our first salad luncheon was scheduled to be held three days after 9-11, so we decided to have a patriotic theme, and we have used that theme ever since,” Anderson said.

This event isn’t only reserved for the ladies. Men are also encouraged to bring their biggest appetites to enjoy the homemade delicacies.

While savoring both the meal and fellowship with friends and neighbors, attendees are also supporting many causes in the local community.

Proceeds from the event, which is one of this year’s main fundraisers for the church, benefit the Becker County Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Club, Hospice, Becker County Caregivers, Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, Lutheran Social Services, Lutheran Campus Ministries, and local victims.

The Grace Lutheran Church Women also sponsor a child in Africa, and will aid in funding a mission trip to Wisconsin for local youth.

Enjoy the efforts of the volunteer cooks while experiencing the broad array of salad offerings. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection!

Libby Larson | DL Newspapers

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