Lenten Lunches

Lenten Lunch Menu

My great friend and fellow foodie Chris Brady has been telling me about Lenten Lunches for a while, but I finally got to go last week. Both St. Michael’s and All Saints Episcopal Church offer what are called Lenten Lunches during the period of Lent. Lent is a time of self-reflection that leads of to Easter. One must give up certain things during the forty days of Lent, and most commonly this means fasting from certain foods, especially on Fridays.

St. Michaels and All Saints have different recipes, but clam chowder is served at both of them and each group claims their clam chowder is superior, but for different reasons. On Thursdays one can attend All Saints and on Fridays one can attend the lunch at St. Michael’s.

Bishop Tuttle House, Entrance to St. Michael's Lenten Lunches

Soup, Salad and Garlic Bread

The standard fare is your choice of soup, your choice of salad and your choice of pie. I chose (pictured above) the coleslaw and the soup. Apparently, one must come to Lenten Lunch for the pie.

Dean Rich's Cherry Pie

Dean Rich Demarest is the Dean of St. Michael’s church, and this is his own personal cherry pie recipe. It’s incredibly delicious and possibly the best I’ve ever had. You may not be able to tell, but the whipped cream is slightly green for St. Patrick’s day.

And for all of those Italians, or wanna be Italians, can you guess the next upcoming saintly holiday that’s after St. Patrick’s day? I’ll get to expose one of my deep and dark pet peeves regarding Italian food and Boise.


5 thoughts on “Lenten Lunches

  1. Amy,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the Lenten Lunches.

    In our Catholic church, we serve a Lenten supper on Friday evenings during Lent. The Friday Lenten meal is my favorite. It’s generally soup and breads (no dessert, it’s a “meager meal” for us) served in pot-luck fashion. You never know what kind of soups will show up, but they are always fantastic! For something supposed to be a meager meal, it’s often our best meal of the week!

    The food is just one piece of it. I always feel like the Lenten supper actually combines the 3 aspects of the season for us: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

    Those dinners, though. What a treasure. It’s a real opportunity to see how community food comes together. People just bring soups and breads (and sometimes fruit or other supplies they have) and when it’s all on a shared community table, it appears as a feast. And the community enjoys it together.

    • Gina,

      That is so great. I value community coming together, obviously. So awesome. Can I be an agnostic Catholic? 😉

      Do you want to take pics and do a blog post on it?


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