Catholics dishing up Italian this weekend

Published 1:16 am Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It’s February, so it must be time to enjoy an Italian dinner with the members of Christ the King Catholic Church.

“It will be our wonderful, traditional thing, we’ve been doing for 15 years,” organizer Kathy Frye said.

Diners may choose homemade spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. The meal includes salad, Italian bread and a Pizzelle cookie.

Last year, the group served almost 600 meals.

“ We kinda have a system,” Frye explained, “because we have people who have been helping us for 15 years.”

First, the group makes and freezes meatballs. This week, they made sauce on Tuesday, and will make lasagnas on Thursday. Friday is salad prep day.

“All along, we have a couple of ladies who make homemade bread for a month or so. As soon as it cools, it goes into the freezer. We will take it all out and slice it on Friday.”

To understand the scale of the operation, Frye estimated the group will cook 50 pounds of spaghetti and 30 pounds of lasagna noodles. And she calls it fun.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children, and meals are available for dine in or carry out. Tickets are available from members, or at the door.

And for those who want to add something even sweeter to the deal, the Lady’s Altar Society will serve homemade Italian desserts, including Italian cream cake, cheesecake and canola, as well as cappuccino, for an additional charge.

When the event began 15 years ago, it was to raise money to take members of the youth group to Rome. The proceeds still fund travel for the youth, usually for a summer retreat.

The dinner will be served from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. this Sat., Feb. 15, at Christ the King, located at 508 Sanford Road. For those who are participating in other events this weekend, take-out can be picked up as early as 3:30, Frye said.

For additional information or tickets, call Randy Kuhn at 488-5304 or Frye at 488-5983.