Taste of Norway: Vennskap Lodge schedules 21st annual Lutefisk dinner

by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff


THE SONS OF NORWAY will present its 21st annual Norwegian Lutefisk Dinner Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Younger Family Campus Center at Lakeland College in Plymouth. — Submitted photo THE SONS OF NORWAY will present its 21st annual Norwegian Lutefisk Dinner Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Younger Family Campus Center at Lakeland College in Plymouth. — Submitted photo The Sons of Norway Vennskap Lodge of Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties is prepared to host its 21st annual Norwegian Lutefisk Dinner Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Younger Family Campus Center at Lakeland College.

The popular dinner features Norwegian cuisine including lutefisk, which is a specialized form of dried cod soaked in lye.

A cash bar with cocktails will open at 1 p.m. with dinner served at 2 p.m.

Sons of Norway Vennskap Lodge member and Lutefisk Dinner Chairman Gary Henderson of Sheboygan Falls, said lutefisk has a unique, acquired taste, which is highly popular among people with a Norwegian or Scandinavian heritage.

“To me lutefisk is similar to a fish boil,” Henderson said. “There is a different odor that may turn some people off to the product.

“The fish is either boiled or baked and it should be flaky. It is important for it to be cooked correctly,” he said.

The dinner will also feature Norwegian lefse, which is a type of Norwegian tortilla, or flat bread made from potatoes, will also be served, along with Norwegian meatballs, boiled potatoes, fruit soup, rutabaga and rommegrot, corn, coleslaw, pickled beets, rolls, various Scandinavian delicacies, coffee and milk.

The event, which is the main annual fundraiser for the Sons of Norway Vennskap Lodge, will include door prizes.

Entering its 22nd year of existence, the Sons of Norway group is designed for anyone who enjoys learning, discussing and experiencing the unique traditions Norway and the other Scandinavian countries.

“Many people have a Norwegian or Scandinavian heritage, but others are just interested in the culture,” said Henderson, who has been associated with the club for the past four years. “Every year, we have visitors, speakers, and members who have visited many Scandinavian cities come in and share their experiences at our meetings.”

The club, which features around 90 members, typically draws a capacity crowd of nearly 280 people for the annual lutefisk dinner

The Vennskap Lodge, which was chartered in 1993, also has a Heritage Club for children ages 7 to 17, some of which attend a camp every year where they learn Norwegian history and heritage.

The club currently meets once a month alternating between locations in Sheboygan and Manitowoc.

Meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday evening of the month at 7 p.m., include a short business meeting followed by a program typically featuring visitors, exchange students and Scandinavian experts.

Every meeting closes with a Scandinavian lunch.

Advance tickets for the Lutefisk Dinner are $17 per person and $8 for children under 13. Reserved seating is available for groups of eight or more.

Advance ticket sales are required. No walk-ins will be accepted.

The dinner will take place at the Younger Family Campus Center on the Lakeland College campus.

For more information or to make a ticket reservation, contact Gary Henderson at 920-207-7654 or gwh.henderson@gmail.com


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