Church: St. Hedwig's Dinner (Feb-1952)
Contact: T. J. Szatalowicz
----Source: Clark Co. Press--February 1952
It takes a lot of planning to feed 450 people and there can be many a slip up. But at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church one mile east of Thorp, dinner for 450 people went off in a beautiful style a week ago Saturday night. The crowd was there to hear Senator Joseph McCarthy speak and he was the attraction. But there was another story behind the dinner. The, comments that have been heard concerning the food are proof positive that such a meal can be done hot, tastily, rapidly and well.
It was a tribute to the work of 35 to 40 members of St. Hedwig's Parent-Teachers' Association and to the careful planning and organization of Mrs. Torn Szatalowiez, in charge of the kitchen and Mrs. Paul Cukia and Mrs. A. S. Kenney who were in charge of the service.
To provide for the dinner, each of the association's 200 members cooperated either with cash, food or service. Work began in St. Hedwig's large hall at 10 a.m. that day.
There, in the small kitchen women worked with 100 chickens, 100 pounds of polish sausage, two cases of waxed beans and the other delicious morsels which made up the repast. From the 13 filled roasters, that evening, came delectable chicken. As a clincher, a pound of butter was dropped on top of each roaster-full of dressing, being allowed to melt and slowly seep in its mellow, gold tastiness.
Anyone of the 450 guests who ate this meal will agree without hesitation that it was about the best banquet dinner they had ever eaten.
One of the reasons behind this was the fact that everything was well organized, down to the last detail. Each woman had her assignment and she did it and did it well. That meant dispatch and service. Those who served the meal were strikingly dressed in black dresses, with white aprons. They presented an attractive and impressive sight.
Re: Church: St. Hedwig's Dinner (Feb-1952)
Contact: Doug Walsdorf
I can attest that Mary Szatalowicz and Francie Szatalowicz (Mrss. Szatalowicz and Cukla, respectively) were terrific cooks!
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