Food sale to reflect church members' diversity

October 28, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

While the typical church bazaar in the Tri-State area features red velvet cakes, berry pies and country ham, St. Catherine's Orthodox Church will boast such delicacies as souvlakia, baklava and borscht at its food sale Saturday.

Greek, Serbian, Russian and other European fare will hold sway when the first Ethnic Food Sale and Indoor Flea Market opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at nearby Christ Lutheran Church at 216 N. Cleveland Ave.

"When our sisterhood came up with the idea, we decided to go with our strengths and what makes us unique," said Dawn Heatwole, one of the organizers of the event.


Many of the members will be preparing their specialties at home, while others are going to be using the kitchen at The Airport Inn in Hagerstown, Heatwole said.

Even the Rev. Dennis Buck, who leads the congregation at 433 Liberty St., is contributing to the food array. "My wife was raised Jewish so she will be baking challah bread," Buck said.

People coming for the food are advised to show up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and park at Christ Lutheran for both sit-down eating and carryout, Heatwole said.

"Dessert will be served at St. Catherine's, which is just down the street from Christ Lutheran," she said. And the white elephant sale including examples of ethnic and holiday gift items, antiques and red and green pepper jelly, will also be at St. Catherine's.

Started in the early 1980s, St. Catherine's moved into its present location in 1984. The congregation is a mix of members of Greek, Russian and Serbian backgrounds who come together to share their rich religious heritage.

Tours of the church will be available all day, Buck said.

The church members' heritage is deeply connected to ethnic dishes that are still handed down through the generations. Saturday's sale is designed to acquaint the curious with those tastes and sensations connected with the Orthodox faith.

While many people are familiar with Greek salads, rice puddings and cookies, they may be strangers to baklava, an elaborate Greek dessert rich with honey and nuts, Heatwole said.

Serbian fare will include dairy-free potato salad, walnut rolls and apple strudel. Other treats will include small skinless and highly-seasoned sausages made of pork, veal and lamb.

The Russian menu will feature stuffed cabbage, cooked cabbage and noodles, pierogies (meat-filled turnovers) and borscht, which is cold beet soup. Russian tortes and teacakes also will be available.

For more information or to make take-out orders, call 301-790-2616 or 301-834-7365.

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