This will make you hungry. Zion Lutheran Church will continue its sour-beef-dinner tradition on Oct. 27 and 28. Dinner—sour beef, homemade potato dumplings, vegetables, rolls, cake, coffee, and tea—will be served both days; lunch, only on Oct. 28. A Bavarian Beer Hall will quench your thirst.
No one is sure when the annual dinner began, according to a press release I received this afternoon, but church members found a ticket dated 1946. It could be even older than that. The church, in City Hall Plaza, has been ministering to parishioners for 252 years.
Through the years, the church ladies have passed on their recipes and techniques. But there’s always been a hierarchy in the kitchen to preserve traditional German cooking practices. “It remains today that only some people are allowed to cook, after years of rigorous apprenticeships,” the press release said.
Tickets for the dinner are $13.50 for adults and $6.50 for children under 12, and are available online (search for Zion Sour Beef) or at the door.
Proceeds benefit the church. For more information, visit the church’s website.