Updated: June 18, 2021 10:55 PM
Created: June 18, 2021 02:06 PM
The Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner returned Friday as part of this year's 45th annual Grandma's Marathon.
Attendees received all-you-can-eat spaghetti, marinara sauce and choice of meatballs, Caesar salad, Country Hearth breads, Super One Foods fresh-baked cookies, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Beverages offered included Kemps milk, Dasani water, and Duluth Coffee Company coffee. Beer was also available for purchase, provided by Superior Beverages.
After last year's event was canceled, organizers and community members say it was great to see it return.
"We are very excited to be back in our game. It was so unfortunate to have to have canceled the race last year, but we had to do it," said John Hartwick on the Grandma's Marathon Board of Directors.
"When you walked through the doors, you realized 'we're back.' It's fun. It's good to see that the doors are open, and we're back to business, so it's fun," said Jeff Denney of Bloomington. "It's wonderful to see Duluth come together and make a big deal out of this, and the food's always awesome, and good for the runners, great way to get together and relax a little before the race," said Denney.
The event was held in the Lake Superior Ballroom at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. It is usually held in Pioneer Hall.
Hartwick says they prepared enough food to feed 6,000 people.
More than 8,000 plates are typically served each year at the all-day event.