Letter: Progressive dinner celebrates 30 years

Every year since 1986, St. Anthony Park neighbors have enjoyed a progressive dinner that ranges from south St. Anthony Park to University Grove. The year 2016 marks the dinner’s 30th anniversary.

The 2016 event will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, when more than 100 St. Anthony Park residents will celebrate the opportunity to see old friends, meet new neighbors, and enjoy delicious food.  Participation is easy. You only have to make one course: appetizer, salad, main or dessert. You only need to host six to 10 people, including yourself.

A team of neighbors gathered by Kate Mabel and Jane Leonard coordinates the master plan. We sort participants into groups that change for each course. No one eats with anyone else more than once. Accessibility needs and food preferences (vegetarian, food allergies, etc.) are accommodated.

The evening begins at St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church for appetizers and punch at 5:30 p.m. When you arrive, you receive your list of destinations for the night and the names of the guests coming to your house. Those who sign up for appetizers “host” at the church and help with set-up 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 to end the evening.

To participate and join the tradition, go to sapcc.org/event/sap-progressive-dinner and fill out the participation form.

If you have questions, send an email message to progressivedinnersap@gmail.com.  The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 19.

Kate Mabel and Jane Leonard, St. Anthony Park

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