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Festive fall feasting: Area churches, service organizations ready to dish up some tasty treats

The ladies of Lund Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes are once again ready to serve up a host of Scandinavian delicacies for the church's annual Taste of Lund food festival, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 starting at 9 a.m. (Submitted photo) 1 / 5
Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church members (from left) Wayne CAmpbell, Sande Walter and Jan Campbell share a laugh while washing dishes at the church's annual meatball supper, which is set to take place this Tuesday, Sept. 18. (Submitted photo)2 / 5
Marilyn White dishes up some freshly made meatballs at the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church's annual meatball supper. This year's feast is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. (Submitted photo)3 / 5
Kransekaka, a type of Swedish wedding cake, is one of several Scandinavian delicacies that will be served up during this Saturday's Taste of Lund food festival at Lund Lutheran Church. (Submitted photo) 4 / 5
Meatballs are prepared fresh on the morning of the annual Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church Meatball Supper, set to take place this Tuesday, Sept. 18. (Submitted photo)5 / 5

Now that the long, hot summer days are slowly beginning to give way to the cooler, shorter days of autumn, area churches and service organizations are bringing the fun indoors, as they prepare to dish up — and in some cases, pour — a host of tasty treats to tempt your tastebuds.

DLUMC Meatball Supper

Over at Detroit Lakes' United Methodist Church, the congregation is getting ready to host its annual Meatball Supper this Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

"The meatballs are all made fresh that morning, as are the gravy and mashed potatoes," says 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.

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

The proceeds from this year's supper will go to support the Becker County Food Pantry as well as the church's annual mission trip to Costa Rica, and a handful of other church charities.

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

A Taste of Lund

For the past 15 years, Lund Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes has celebrated its Scandinavian roots by hosting its Taste of Lund Festival in September.

This year's food festival is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 9 a.m. — and even though there's no set end time, it's best to get there early.

"We just keep serving the food until it's gone," says church member Sharon Westerholm. "We're usually done by 11 a.m."

Early birds will get to enjoy a feast of Scandinavian delicacies, from Swedish almond cake and fruit soup to rice pudding, Swedish cream, Danish kringles, sandbakkels (cookie cups), krumkake (cookie roll-ups), kranselkake (Swedish wedding cake), fattigman (deep fried cookies), jule kake (Swedish Christmas bread, featuring candied fruit), rommegrot (a rich pudding made with flour, butter and milk), and not just one, but two different types of lefse.

"We have regular (Norwegian) lefse, and we have Vestlands lefse, which is square-shaped, thicker, and spread with butter, sugar and cinnamon, then rolled up and sliced into small pieces," Weseterholm said.

To keep guests from going into a sugar coma, there will also be open-faced ham and egg salad sandwiches, and for the first time, freshly prepared lutefisk.

"Our pastor, his wife and another couple will be making the lutefisk outside the church that morning," said Westerholm, noting that the preparation method is being kept a secret until the event.

Though there is no admission fee, all of the dishes are being sold separately, at a cost of $1 for two samples.

"We usually sell around 400 tickets," said Westerholm, noting that there are a lot of different dishes to sample.

"The beverages are free," she added, noting that coffee, juice and water will be served.

Lund Lutheran Church is located on Richwood Road (also known as Becker County Road 21), nine miles north of Detroit Lakes. For more information please call the church office at 218-847-9662, or send an email to:

Lions' Harvest Moon Festival

For the second straight year, the Detroit Lakes Lions Club has decided to make its annual Harvest Moon Festival into a beer tasting event.

"We decided to change the flavor of it a little last year," said festival co-chair Jim Granger, referring to the fact that the event used to include a dance. "We had such success with it that we decided to do it again."

This year's Harvest Moon Festival Beer Tasting will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Shorewood Pub in Detroit Lakes.

"We're offering 27 different beers for $15," says Granger, adding that tickets can be purchased in advance from any Lions member, or at the door.

Those who would like to have a little dinner with their beer can enjoy a fish fry, featuring fresh-caught cod, coleslaw and chips, for an additional cost.

"We'll also have a silent auction," said Granger, noting that this year, the Lions have decided to feature fewer auction items, but with a slightly higher monetary value.

"We'll be giving away two Minnesota Vikings cornhole games (used for bean bag tossing); a brand new, still-in-the-box fish locator; and a package of fresh ribeye steaks and Irish whiskey, just to name a few," he added.

Proceeds from the event will go to support local Lions youth projects as well as its annual Eyes for Mexico mission trips to Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

"The vast majority of the money stays in the community," Granger says. "We always have really great turnout, and generous sponsors. This community is so supportive, it's really nice."

For more information, please contact Granger at 218-847-4783 or co-chair Del Bergseth at 218-847-8641.

Also this week

On Sunday, Sept. 16, the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; and sausage or bacon, plus beverage.

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. 16. The church is located at 2066 Second St. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free to children of preschool age and younger. There will be a bake sale, craft items, and a fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salads, desserts and beverages. For more information call 218-238-6639 or send email to

Also on Sunday, Sept. 16, St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Hawley will host a turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free to all kids of preschool age and younger. The church will donate 15 percent of all proceeds to local charities.

St. John's Lutheran Church-Height of Land will host its annual sauerkraut dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, featuring homemade sauerkraut with pork, potatoes, vegetables, bread and dessert. Admission is a free will donation, with proceeds to go toward construction of the church's new fellowship hall.

On Friday, Sept. 21, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee will host its Fall Bazaar starting at 10 a.m., with a turkey steak dinner — including homemade pie for dessert — to be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be baked goods, produce, baby quilts and lap robes available for purchase. Take-out boxes are also available for those unable to attend the lunch in person — and can also be delivered the day of the event, within Frazee city limits only. To order a takeout lunch, please call 218-395-0464 or 218-334-4878 before Sept. 21.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman will host a hog roast, featuring "all of your favorite fall foods," from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Admission is a free will offering. For more information, call Mary at 218-847-1833.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 is hosting a breakfast fundraiser for an upcoming Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the Legion post home, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. VFW Auxiliary Post 1676 will also be hosting a bake sale, and there will be 50/50 raffle tickets for sale as well. Proceeds will go to help send local veterans on an upcoming Honor Flight; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1676 and Disabled American Veterans Lakeland Chapter 31 will match all funds raised up to $1,000.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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