Fall Suppers of the Northern Plains

A Directory and a Celebration of Community Traditions

Fall suppers are matters of seasonal ritual and community renewal across the northern plains. This celebration of fall suppers is presented by the Center for Heritage Renewal, North Dakota State University, to encourage appreciation of, and attendance at, these distinctive events. The center compiles the directory (update in progress!). In time it also will compile and present research conducted by students in HIST 431: The North American Plains, who are documenting fall supper traditions in detail.

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Directory of Fall Suppers
Church or Organization Location Date & Time Contact Description Notes Albums
St. Hildegard's Catholic Church 10 mi E of Bismarck on Hwy 10 Sun 12 Sept 2010 (ann 1st Sun after Labor Day), serving 11 to 4 Sharon Renfrew, President of the Altar Society, 701-258-6116, cell 701-220-5430 Roast beef, smoked sausage (made at the church by parishioners), mashed potatoes, pies, buns, coleslaw. White elephant sale, Garden produce & baked goods sale, bingo, kids' games. $8 adults, $6 students, age 3 & under free. Founded in 1947, parish consists of about 200 families. This supper feeds anywhere from 800 to 1800 people.
St. Mary's Catholic Church 210 S 4th St, Hague ND Sun 12 Sept 2010 (ann Sun after Labor Day), serving 5 to 7 Eileen Wald, Fall Supper Committee of the Altar Society, 701-336-7575, church number 701-336-7119 Swiss steak and rice dressing, mashed potatoes, rolls, glazed carrots, homemade pies. A big supper-Eileen says they customarily serve more than 800. Followed by bingo. Church founded by German-Russians. Current church was built in 1929 after a fire destroyed the first church.
Nora Lutheran Church Gardner ND (Exit 86 from I29, then 5 1/2 miles E on Cass 26) Sun 18 Sept 2011, serving 11 to 2:30 Don Reierson, church 701-860-6681 Lutefisk & meatballs sserved family style. Tickets adults $13, age 12 to 6 $5, 5 & under free.
St. Charles Catholic Church Bowman ND Sun 12 Sept 2010, serving 11 to 1 Church office, 701-523-5292 Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, all the trimmings, and pie. Free will offering. Raffle ($1 tickets or $10 for a book) and bake sale to follow.
Saint Thomas Church 114 Harris St, Kent MN Sun 12 Sept 2010 (ann Sun after Labor Day), serving 11 to 2 Parish office 218-557-8312 Turkey and ham dinner (with all the trimmings, family style) and bazaar. Tickets adults $8, kids ages 6-12 $4, kids ages 5 and under free. Raffle, bingo, games, crafts, cherry tree, theme baskets, cake walk, country store, and quilt raffle.
St. Benedict Church of Wild Rice 11743 38th St S, Horace Sun 18 Sept 2011, serving 11 to 2:30 TBA Ham dinner, silent auction, bake sale - details on this poster.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 503 3rd St SE, Hillsboro ND Sun 19 Sept 2010, serving 11 to 2 Church office, 701-436-4041 Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, served family style. Homemade pie. Tickets adults $8, children 5 to 12 $4, under 5 $2. Take-outs are a dollar extra; deliver also available.
St. John's United Methodist Church Wimbleton ND: church is 2 bl N & 3 bl W fr Hwy 9 Sun 18 Sept 2011, serving 4 to 7 Pastor Jeff, church 701-435-2497 Turkey & all the trimmings. Bazaar (starts at 3:30). Church women sponsor the annual turkey supper and use proceeds for missions and local projects.
St. Anthony Catholic Church Linton ND Sun 18 Sept 2011, serving 4:00 to 6:45 Church numbers: 701-254-4400 or 701-254-4588 Fried chicken, ham, hamburger rice, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cranberry salad, homemade pies, and all the trimmings. Craft booths. Bingo at 5:00 in church basement, raffle drawings at 8. Tickets: $9 Adults, $6 grades K-6, preschool free.
Standing Rock Lutheran Church Fort Ransom ND Sat 24 Sept 2011, serving 10 to 5
St. Boniface Catholic Church Wimbleton ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving 4 to 7
St. Cecelia's Catholic Church Velva ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving 4 to 7
St. Mary's Catholic Church Grand Forks ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving 11:30 to 2:30 Chicken & Meatball Supper.
St. Mary's Catholic Church Medina ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving 11 to 1:30
Faith Lutheran Church Palermo ND Sun 26 Sept 2010, serving 11:30 to 3 Turkey dinner.
St. Helena's Catholic Church 421 N 2nd St, Ellendale ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving 10 to 2 Fr John, 701-349-3297 Turkey dinner, salad bar, rolls, pie. Tickets adults $7, ages 6-16 $4, 5 & under free, family $25. Weekend of Applefest in Ellendale. St. Helena's fall suppers fund-raise for the church and its different activities. The parish comprises about 115 families. The fall suppers are also a very good time for the community to get together. 2007
St. Bonaventure Catholic Church 505 Grant Av, Underwood ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving 4:30 to 7:00 Diane, 701-442-5229 Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, salad bar, buns, dessert, beverage. Tickets: adults $7, ages 6-12 $4, under 5 free.
St. Martin's Catholic Church 302 2nd St E, Center ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving after 10:00 mass Arlene Haag, 701-794-3530 Creamed chicken, corn, coleslaw, buns, mashed potatoes & gravy, pie. Tickets: adults $7, ages 6-12 $4, 5 and under free. Bingo, raffle, cake walk, games for kids, craft & produce sale.
Sunne Lutheran Church 6 mi E of Wilton on Hwy 36 Sun 25 Sept 2011 (ann last Sun in Sept), serving 11 to 2 Barnie & Rose Strand, Chairs, Harvest Festival, 701-286-7511 Ham, meatballs, mashed potatoes, corn, pies, cheesecake. Harvest Festival--combines and trucks parked at the church. Free will offering. Norwegian parish founded in 1893. Fall supper proceeds will go to remodeling of church this year. Parish consists of about 300 members and has had a successful supper every year.
Park River Bible Camp 1 ½ mi N of jnct Hwy 17 & Hwy 32 (look for sign) Sun 25 Sept 2011 (ann last Sun in Sept), serving noon to 5 Noel and Loretta Moe, Grafton, 701-352-2464 Lutefisk & meatballs, corn, mashed potatoes, lefse, dessert, beverages. Tickets: adults $15, ages 6 to 16 $5, 5 and under free. 2010 is 37th year of this dinner, organized as a benefit for the camp by nearby ELCA and Free Lutheran churches. Feeding 1200-1300 diners annually. Lutefisk bought through Ben Langrund, Hoople butcher. Lefse made by church members. New this year: deep-fried torsk. Craft and bake sale; berry and native fruit jellies by Ordean Owen.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 710 10th St S, Fargo Sun 26 Sept 2010, serving 10 to 4 Old fashioned turkey dinner fall bazaar! Ticket prices: Adults $8.50, ages 5-12 $5, family $30. Silent auction, raffle, bingo, crafts, plants, used book sale, bake sale, jewelry, games for kids. All are Welcome!
Zion United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 110 Water St E, Medina Sat 2 Oct 2010, serving 9:30am to 1:30pm Pastor Karl Limvere, 701-486-3369, zionucc@daktel.com Fall Bazaar & Luncheon - includes garden produce, baked goods, craft items, a chicken (homemade) noodle soup and sandwich luncheon. 26th annual, organized by the Zion UCC Women's Fellowship.
Trinity-Bergen Lutheran Church 305 Main St, Starkweather ND Sun 2 Oct 2011(ann 1st Sun in Oct), serving 4 to 7 Bette Berg, Ladies Aid President, 701-292-5771 Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, carrots, lefse, pies, and all the trimmings. Adults $8, high school and under $5, preschool and under free.
St. Boniface Catholic Church 301 1st Av, Wimbledon ND Sun 25 Sept 2011, serving 4 to 7 Father Steve 701-435-2310 Roast turkey and all the trimmings. Tickets adults $8, ages 6 to 12 $4, pre-school $1. Bazaar. St. Boniface parish was founded in 1889. St. Boniface's fall supper is a general fundraiser to help support the church.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Fingal Sun 3 Oct 2010, 4:30 until all are served Turkey, potatoes, gravy, dressing, cranberries, corn, lefse, buns, pickles, coleslaw, dessert, and beverage. Adults $8 or $13 in advance, grades k-6 $4, preschool is free. Bake sale also.
St. Mary's Catholic Church Rural Dazey (6 mi E of Dazey), in grove of trees along Hwy 26, between Dazey and Lake Ashtabula Sun 2 Oct 2011, serving 4 to 7 Peggy Wieland, 701-733-2253, margaret.wieland@vcsu.edu Turkey & trimmings, homemade kraut, desserts. Parish founded in July 1899 by southern German immigrants. Today the parish consists of about 50 members who use the fall supper as a main fundraiser. Their supper usually feeds around 700 people and more are always welcome. They also have celebrated Corpus Christi annually since 1905.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church 505 Park St E, Park River ND Sun 2 Oct 2011 (ann 1st Sun of Oct), serving 11 to 2 Maxine Wilkes, church office, 701-284-6165 Pork chop with stuffing, potatoes and gravy, vegetable, salad bar & dessert. Tickets: Adults $10, Ages 6-12 $6, under 6 eat free. There will also be games, a raffle and Grandma's Pantry.
Bruflat Lutheran Church 1023 Parke Av, Portland (Hwy 200, church on top of hill) Wed 6 Oct 2010, serving 5 to 7 Tammy, 701-786-2695 Women's Fall Supper/Bake Sale. Serving ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, rommegrot, and pie. Tickets: $7 adults, 10 and under $3. Bruflat Lutheran is more than 125 years old. A stately old building, it has beautiful stained glass windows and original ornate altar. Considered to be one of the finest church structures in North Dakota when it was built, and carefully maintained throughout the years.
Church of St. Katherine 200 1st Av N, Braddock ND Sun 10 Oct 2010, serving 4:30 to 7 Connie, 701-782-4115 Chipped beef, mashed potatoes, homemade pie, homemade buns. Table raffle during supper. Bingo at community hall from 4:30 to 9. The big ticket raffle drawing follows bingo.
St. Francis de Sales 318 2nd St SW, Steele ND Sun 9 Oct 2011, serving 11:30 to 1:30 No contact info Swedish meatballs & ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, slaw, glorified rice, rolls, apple or pumpkin bars. Adults $8, 6 & under $5.
St. Maurice Catholic Church 5313 165th Av SE, Kindred ND Sun 10 Oct 2010, serving 11 to 1:30 Secretary Bev Lindsey 701-428-3762, or for take-out 701-428-3094 Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, relishes, buns, pie. Tickets $8 adults, $5 ages 4-10.
Church of St. Katherine 200 1st Av N, Braddock ND Sun 10 Oct 2010, serving 4:30 to 7 Connie, 701-782-4115 Chipped beef, mashed potatoes, homemade pie, homemade buns. Table raffle during supper. Bingo at community hall from 4:30 to 9. The big ticket raffle drawing follows bingo.
Faith Lutheran Church 127 2nd Av E, West Fargo Sat 15 Oct 2011, serving 3:30 to 6:30 701-282-3309 Lutefisk supper.
Ss. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church 5202 25th St S / Fargo ND 58104 Sun 16 Oct 2011, serving noon to 4 701-235-5757 Turkey dinner - turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cranberry relish, and desserts. In the Social hall. Adults $8, ages 5-12 - $4, ages 4 and under free. Country store, photo booth, carnival, cake walk, raffle for a 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer DE! Tickets sold after all masses - $100 each. 2nd prize $1500, 3rd prize $1000, 4th prize $500, 5th 6th 7th and 8th prizes $250. Drawing will be held in the social hall at appx. 3:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the capital improvement fund.
St. Andrew's Catholic Church 1418 Main St, Hawley MN Sun 16 Oct 2011, serving 11 to 1:30 218-483-4264 Turkey dinner with all the fixings. Adults $10, ages 6-12 $5, 5 and under free. Games and fun for all!
St. Leo's Catholic Church Casselton ND Sun 16 Oct 2011, serving 11 to 2 Roast Beef meal. Tickets $8.50 adults, $5 ages 5-12, under 5 free. Bake sale and raffle. Take-outs available.
Churchof St. Anthony Donneybrook ND Sun 17 Oct 2010, serving 11 to 2 Administrative Asst Karen Johnson 701-385-4311 or email at stagnes@restel.net Roast pork dinner, with mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans, coleslaw, buns, applesauce, homemade pies. Tickets $8 adults, K-6 $4, preschool $1. Door prizes.
Walcott Lutheran Church Walcott ND Sun 17 Oct 2010, serving 11 to 3 Lutefisk, meatballs, lefse, and so on. Adults #13, Children under 1 $3. Ticket sales begin 10am. Take-outs available. WELCA bazaar begins 10am.
St. Nicholas Catholic Church 235 2nd St NE, Garrison ND Sun 17 Oct 2010, serving 4:30 to 7 Phone 701-463-2327 or email at stnicholaschurch@hotmail.com Roast beef & pork, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetables, desserts. $9 adults, $5 ages 6 to 12, ages 5 and under eat free.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 501 W 3rd St, Argyle MN Sun 24 Oct 2010, serving noon to 6:30 Mary Ann, 218-437-6341 church, 218-437-8394 personal Turkey & ham & trimmings. Polka mass at 10:30. Tickets: $9 adults, $5 for children
Buffalo Supper Memorial Hall, Streeter Fri 29 Oct 2010, 4:30 until all are served Adults $15 or $13 in advance, ages 4-10 $5, under 4 is free. 51st annual. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary, Streeter Lions Club, American Legion.
Richland Lutheran Church Men's Club 1/2 mile E, 4 N of I29 Exit 37, or 1 1/4 mile S of I29 Exit 42 Fri 28 Oct 2011 (ann last Friday in Oct), serving noon to 8:00 or so Dave Gauslow, treasurer of Men's Club, 701-553-8874; or advanced ticket info, Roger Moe, 701-998-2810 Lutefisk supper, serving for the 79th year (minus two years during WW II). Call ahead number if you want to seat a group at a particular hour. Tickets: $14 adults, ages 6-12 $5, 5 and under are free. Norwegian parish, celebrated 129th anniversary this year. Said to be a premiere fall supper in the area, it serves about 1100 people, and the church itself consists of about 162 members. Carry-out lefse sales in church library.
Maple Valley PTO Maple Valley Elementary School, 400 ND Av NW, Buffalo Sun 31 Oct 2010, serving 11 to 2:30 Turkey & trimmings, real mashed potatoes & gravy, vegatable, lutefisk & lefse, beverage, dessert. Adults $12, Gr 7-12 $7, Gr 1-6 $5, Pre-K $3.
Normanna Lutheran Church Dunn Center ND Sun 31 Oct 2010, serving noon to 3 Patty, at the church, 701-764-5264 Roast beef, turkey & dressing, all the trimmings, pie. $10 adults.
St. Leo's Catholic Church 105 1st St SE, Minot ND Sun 31 Oct, serving 10:30 to 3:30 Secretary Sharon at 701-838-1026 Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, all the trimmings, homemade desserts. Tickets: adults $7, ages 6-12 $3.50, ages 2-5 $1, family ticket $25.
Gustaf Adolf Lutheran Church Gwinner ND (fr Hwy 13, turn by new fire hall and go S 2 bl) Sun 31 Oct 2010 Wendy Swanson, Secretary, 701-678-2552, gachurchlady@yahoo.com, the Fall Supper contact is Dennis Dahl at dennis_dahl@bobcat.com Tickets: Lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, homemade lefse, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, and cranberry relish served family style in the fellowship hall. Adults $14, ages 6-12 $5, preschool is free Paul White says, "Generations have traveled to this event to enjoy Lutefisk and the fellowship associated with such a grand meal."
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 210 5th Av W, West Fargo ND Sun 30 Oct 2011, serving 11 to 2 701-282-3321 Buffet style pork loin dinner, mached potatoes & gravy, glazed carrots, coleslaw, buns, dessert. Tickets $9 adults, $4 ages 4-12, 3 & under free. Basket silent auction, raffle, bingo, games, jewelry store.
Mendenhall Presbyterian Church 528 10th St NW, East Grand Forks - drive onto Hwy 220 N heading N, turn left [W] at 14th St (stoplight corner) and keep turning left onto frontage road. Follow curve around until you reach the church. Church can be seen from Hwy 2, but it is not obvious how to reach it. Tues 2 Nov 2010, serving 11 to 1 (always on election day) Pat Leonard, Co-moderator of Women's Fellowship, church 218-773-2469, home 218-773-0134, Mendenhall@invisimax.com or lenlaw@msn.com (home) Turkey dinner: turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry gel salad/relish, coleslaw, dinner rolls, apple or pumpkin pie, coffee, milk. Bazaar booths open at 10:00am. Jellies, lefse, kolaches, and quilts-all made working together in the church kitchen & dining area. "We have found a niche market with denim quilts." Tickets $8 adults, children 6 and under $2. Pat writes, "We have used the same successful recipes for many years. The main entre is the best: turkeys are roasted in our church and another church kitchen; then sliced, layered onto the dressing, then baked. The delicious cranberry salad is a recipe developed by the church women. Mendenhall is a combination of three area Presbyterian churches now joined as one: Key West Church, Bethel Church of Mallory, and Mendenhall in EGF. The EGF church was established in 1888, now 119 years old. Mendenhall is the last name of the Grand Forks pastor who chaired the organizational meeting in May 1888. Key West and Bethel were established earlier but were rural. In the 1960s the churches joined as one. We have done this meal as long as anyone can remember. No current members remember 'the start' as it had 'always been.'"
Our Savior's Lutheran Church Halliday ND Sun 7 Nov 2010, serving noon to 3 Patty, at the church, 701-764-5264 Roast beef, turkey & dressing, all the trimmings, pie. $10 adults.
Holy Rosary Catholic Church 209 1st St SE, LaMoure ND Sun 7 Nov 2010, serving 4:30 to 7:30 701-883-5987 24th Annual Buffalo Roast: buffalo, potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, corn, vegetable tray, and cupcakes. Tickets adults $10, ages 6-12 $5.
Aurdal Lutheran Church Portland ND Sun 7 Nov 2010, serving 5 to 7 Tammy, 701-786-2695 Menu to be announced. Tickets: $7 adults, 10 and under $3. Bake sale also taking place.
Trinity Lutheran Church 418 5th Av W, Lisbon ND Sun 14 Nov 2010 (ann 1st Sun in Nov, conflict w deer season this year caused change), serving 3:30 to 7:30 Walt Johnson, ELCM Treasurer, 701-683-5793, walt@nd-insure.com, or the church at 701-683-5841 Lutefisk, meatballs and gravy, lefse, cranberries, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, ice cream, milk, and coffee all served with real dinnerware and silverware, no paper plates! Adults $14 for lutefisk or $9 for meatballs, children $5. Annual lutefisk supper by the men of Trinity has been a tradition for many years. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, unless the weekend coincides with the deer opener, then it is held the following weekend. More than fifty men help to prepare and clean up.

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