The Knights of Columbus Saints Cosmas and Damien Council #13341 held its annual Lenten Fish Fry on six (6) consecutive Fridays, from 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm, beginning February 24th, 2023, and ending March 31st, 2023. Preparations for the event, which included meetings and shopping for supplies, began in mid-January. Activities during the week to prepare for each Friday included food shopping, kitchen cleaning, and deep fryer cleaning every Monday, fish and other food preparation on Thursday, and any required last-minute shopping on Friday mornings prior to the event later in the day.
The menu consisted of fried fish, baked fish, French fries, cole slaw, and green beans. The cost per meal was $14.00/ $7.00 for children under 12. Water, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee were served free of charge. Beer, wine, and soda were available for purchase at an additional cost. The OLA Women’s Guild was also present and sold their own desserts at an additional cost.
In order to properly run each weekly event a minimum of thirty (30) volunteers were required each day. Volunteers were broken up into teams, were required to arrive at specific times, and executed specific tasks. Teams included kitchen set-up, cooking, dining room set-up, cashiers and greeters, food servers, beverage servers, table cleaners and setters, dishwashers, kitchen cleaners, and a dining room cleanup/ room breakdown crew.
A total of 1380 meals were served over the course of six (6) nights. A total of fifty-seven (57) Brother Knights and sixteen (16) Others participated in the event from start to finish.