Whatever the calendar may say about the autumnal equinox, the weather outside clearly indicates that fall has already arrived in the lakes area — and with it, the church supper season, which offers a wide variety of tasty treats to tempt the taste buds.

Over at Detroit Lakes’ United Methodist Church, the congregation is getting ready to host its annual Meatball Supper this Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. As always, the menu includes not just meatballs, but a buffet of food prepared fresh by church volunteers.

“The meatballs are all made fresh that morning, as are the gravy and mashed potatoes,” said church member Sue Eidenschink. “We also serve tomatoes picked fresh from the garden, as well as corn, green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, and a variety of pies made by our church members.”

A choice of milk, coffee or water is also included in the ticket price, which is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. “Kids of preschool age (0-5) can eat for free,” Eidenschink added.

For the past few years, the church has also offered takeout meals, where guests can come in, fill up a takeout box or two and pay to take them home with them — all in a separate line, which expedites the process both for those using the takeout service and those staying for the supper at the church.

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“It takes about 100 people to put this on each year,” Eidenschink said. “We don’t sell tickets ahead of time, so it’s all done at the church that day.”

Last year, Eidenschink said, the volunteer crew served a total of 652 meals, including both takeout and on-site options.

"It was a great success," she continued, "and we're planning for another successful event this year."

The proceeds from the 2019 supper will go to support the church’s annual mission trip to Costa Rica, as well as the Becker County Food Pantry and funding various church needs, including a new dishwasher and heating system.

The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church is at the corner of Corbett Road and Pembina Trail on the east side of Detroit Lakes. For more information, contact the church office at 218-847-4818.

Not able to attend next Tuesday's United Methodist Church festivities? Never fear ... there's no shortage of other feasting opportunities available this week. Here's just a short sampling of what's on tap:

  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Lake Park will host its annual fall chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. A dinner of fried chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salads, desserts and beverages will be served, at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12 (those age 5 and under can eat for free). Craft and bake sale items will also be available for purchase. The church is at 2066 Second St., Lake Park. Call 218-238-6639 for more information.

  • Also Sunday, the congregation of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church will host its annual fall supper from 4 to 7 p.m., including pork loin, real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salads and condiments as well as homemade pies for dessert. Admission is a free will offering, taken at the door. The church is at the intersection of County Highway 14 and State Highway 59 just north of Callaway.

  • St. John's Lutheran Church in Height of Land Township will also be hosting its annual sauerkraut dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring homemade sauerkraut with pork, potatoes, vegetables, bread and dessert. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids ages 6-12; preschoolers can eat for free. All proceeds will go toward construction of the church’s new fellowship hall. To get to St. John's from Detroit Lakes, head east on Highway 34 for 11 miles, then turn right on County Highway 56 and go one block; church is on the right.

  • The congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran Church (210 Maple Ave. E., Frazee) invites the public to their annual fall dinner on Friday, Sept. 20. Come enjoy a turkey steak dinner with all the trimmings, and homemade pie for dessert. Free will offering; baked goods and produce will also be for sale. Doors open at 10 a.m. and dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take out boxes available for the lunch. Meal orders delivered on Sept. 20 in Frazee only. To order call Lois Moe, 320-293-0155; or Bonnie Julius, 218-334-4878 before Sept. 20.

  • Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Snellman will host a hog roast with all the trimmings on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is a free will offering. To get to the church, just head east on Highway 34 from Detroit Lakes until you get to Snellman; the church's address is 46913 State Highway 34.