It’s that time of year again, when the crisp fall temperatures stir the hearts of Wisconsin’s Norwegian brethren. The aroma of rotting fish and rutabagas is in the air. At Lutheran churches and Son’s of Norway lodges all over southern Wisconsin the annual ritual of the lutefisk supper is upon us.
For as long as I can remember our family has been eating lutefisk and lefse around the holiday season. When I was young it was always at Grandma’s house, where she had spent days making lefse and soaking the lutefisk before the big dinner. Now that my Grandmother has passed away, my family still enjoys this ritual at one (or more if I am lucky) of the local churches around the area. The lutefisk dinner is a major fundraiser for those organizations that put it on. People come from all around for this once a year event. You purchase your tickets and then wait in the pews till your number is called. Seating is usually family style and you quickly make friends as your passing the pitchers of melted butter around the table. Members of the congregation are working hard preparing and serving the meal. For those who have yet to acquire a taste for lutefisk (or fish jello as my son likes to call it), there is usually ham or meatballs to satisfy. When you throw in the mash potatoes, Cole slaw and cranberries you have the makings of great meal. To top things off, there is always a slice of pie.
If you have never tried a lutefisk dinner, I encourage you to do so this season. Below is a list of the various dates and locations of lutefisk dinners in southern Wisconsin. I am not sure I have all of them listed so if you know of additions to this list, please be sure to comment below.
Now if you will excuse me, I have to pass the butter.
October 24, 2009
- Son’s of Norway Idun Lodge
2262 Winnebago Street in Madison, WI
11:00am – 6:00pm
Meatballs (for the faint of heart) potatoes, rutabagas, lefse, sweet soup, and more. Adult (13 & up) $16, Youth (5 – 12) $7
November 6, 2009
- Lakeside Lutheren Church
located at the corner of Mandrake Road and Northport Drive (WI Highway 113)
serving the public from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm
November 7, 2009
- Bonnet Prairie Lutheran Church
two miles south of Rio, N3694 Old F Road
- Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church
2633 Church St, Cottage Grove, WI 53527-8616
(608) 873-6744 or (608) 873-7148
Serving Times 11:30AM 12:45PM 4:00PM 5:15PM & 6:30PM, Tickets $14.00 in advance and $15.00 for walk ups.
- Barneveld Lutheran Church
505 Swiss Lane Barneveld 53537
Serving: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Adults: $ 15.00 Children 12 & under: $ 7.00
November 14, 2009
- Son’s of Norway Nordland Lodge
418 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville, WI 53511
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Christ Lutheran Church
220 S. Main St., DeForest
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., adults $15, $7 for children 6 to 12, under 6 free (2008 prices)
December 5, 2009
- St. Olaf Lutheran Church
W653 Roosevelt Road, Rubicon, WI 53078
Serving 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.