Knights of Columbus hosting fish fry Friday
The Baldwin City Knights of Columbus are preparing to cook up another season of Lenten fish fries.
Friday marks the first fish fry at the Annunciation Catholic Church in Baldwin City, although a fish fry took place March 11 at the Catholic Church in Edgerton.
While the event is being held at the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus member Scott Shields, who is in charge of Friday’s fish fry, said the dinners are open to everyone in the community.
“It’s a service to the community and it’s at a fair price and it’s a good way for people to come together and hang out and socialize,” Shields said.
Shields said the fish fries are usually well received, although occasionally other activities going on can hamper the crowds.
The Knights of Columbus use a special, original batter for the fish, and this year will cook three types of fish: catfish, Alaskan pollack and cod. The group prepares for the fish fries about a month in advance and has around a dozen members working any given fish fry, with members sharing and switching responsibilities for each week’s dinner.
Shields said the group has been running the fish fries for about 15 years, and have found a plan that works.
“Now, since we’ve done it so many times, we’ve got the system down,” Shields said. “We just plug in the ingredients and go.”
The dinner is free, and includes a free-will donation.
“People may not have an idea of what to give and we give them a suggestion, like $7 a plate and $4 a plate for children under 12,” Shields said. “That’s just a suggestion and they can give whatever they want.”
The money raised through the fish fries goes toward community needs, such as when the Knights of Columbus adopts a family at Christmas, and also toward a scholarship given by the organization in the spring.
While the Baldwin City Knights of Columbus has almost 100 members, Shields said the fish fries require a great amount of work put forth for those involved.
“(We have to) work to make sure we’ve got everything we need, we’ve got enough workers, we have enough food, we’ve got everything,” he said. “I mean, there’s a lot of work involved getting all that together.”