Annual progressive dinner set for March 3 in St. Anthony Park

Every year since 1986, St. Anthony Park neighbors have enjoyed a progressive dinner that sends them from south St. Anthony Park to University Grove.

The 2018 event will be held on Saturday, March 3, when participants will celebrate the opportunity to see old friends, meet new neighbors and enjoy food in host homes across the neighborhood.

Participation is easy. You have to make just one course: appetizer, salad, main dish or dessert. You need to host just 6 to 10 people, including yourself.

A team of neighbors coordinates the master plan. They sort participants into groups that change for each course, so you can meet up to 40 people throughout the evening. Accessibility needs and food preferences (vegetarian, food allergies, etc.) are accommodated.

The evening begins at Centennial United Methodist Church – St. Anthony Park for appetizers and punch at 5:30 p.m. Participants will receive their list of destinations for the night and hosts will receive the names of the guests coming to their home. Those who sign up for appetizers “host” at the church and help with setup and cleanup.

Participants leave the church to arrive for their salad course by 6:30 p.m. and move on from there to the main course at 7:30 p.m. At 8:45 p.m., groups move again and meet for dessert in various host homes to end the evening.

To participate, send an email message to and the Progressive Dinner volunteer team will send you a link to the online registration form. If you prefer another method of registration (over the phone or a paper form), please indicate that in the email message, or call or text Jane Leonard at 651-303-5263 and a Progressive Dinner coordinating team member will get back to you.

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 23. No walk-in registrations will be accepted on the evening of the event.

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