Volunteers Prep For Lutefisk Dinner

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 04, 2018 06:31 PM

The 31st annual Lutefisk Dinner is hours away from starting and hundreds of volunteers were in the kitchen at First Lutheran Church Tuesday prepping everything for the big day.

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"Behind me now, they’re peeling the potatoes and they’re making the meatballs and putting them in the oven so that's been going on since 8:30 this morning,” Char Juntunen, the event organizer said.

It’s no easy task peeling 500 pounds of potatoes and prepping food to serve over 1300 guests.

Volunteers were busy getting the food ready throughout the day. Over 100 volunteers help with the dinner by setting up tables, food preparations, or serving the dinner to community members. 

"It’s that beginning of the holiday season. The people that love lutefisk keep coming back. I think we make pretty good lutefisk but it’s more about the community and joy of people hanging out together,” Catherine Anderson, a volunteer said.

“We’ve got people from all over our congregation working it and a few that are not from the congregation that have been here before and enjoy being with the group. They have a lot of fun,” Juntunen said.

About 550 pounds of lutefisk and 325 pounds of salmon are prepped for the dinner.

Besides lutefisk, boiled potatoes, swedish meatballs, and Alaskan salmon, the menu features lefse, homemade bread, lingonberry sundaes, coleslaw, and pickled beets.

 Help from loyal volunteers is crucial to make the dinner a success.

Anderson has been volunteering for over 20 years at the Lutefisk Dinner. She said she doesn't like lutefisk but enjoys being part of the experience.

"Being in the kitchen, the camaraderie, and getting to know people on a different level as you're volunteering side by side is great. Also the opportunity we have through the fundraiser to give back to community," Anderson said. 

The dinner will be going on from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church. The cost is $20 for adults and $7 dollars for kids ages 10 and under.


Alejandra Palacios

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