Area fish fries kicked off Friday

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From left, Benita Stennis, Rev. Kimberley Woodruff, Luke Sanders and Drusilla Chism attend Friday's fish fry at Quinn Chapel.
Alexa Pfeiffer/News Tribune From left, Benita Stennis, Rev. Kimberley Woodruff, Luke Sanders and Drusilla Chism attend Friday's fish fry at Quinn Chapel.

With the Lenten season at hand, Friday fish fries have returned for Jefferson City area churches and organizations.

Many fish fries kicked off Friday.

"It's a great way to have a meal with your family," said Jacob Luecke, executive director of communications with the Jefferson City Diocese. "There's so many different options for fish fries in our community, and I think it's a great thing for someone who hasn't been to one before. It's a neat part of our culture that they can experience and get a great meal at the same time."

"As a Catholic this time of year, and this holy (Lenten) season, one thing we do is we don't eat meat on Fridays, and so this is a great way for Catholics to do that. Or even for anyone in the community, if they wanted to have a great meal, this is kind of a fun thing to do this time of year is check out one of our fish fries," Luecke added.

Luecke said every location has a unique take on fish and the sides and desserts that go with it.

"It's really worth trying several different ones," he said.

With the hours of preparation that go into the meals, it is a real labor of love. Luecke said it is a longstanding tradition for the diocese and across the country.

The Historic Quinn Chapel A.M.E Church hosted a fish fry from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.

St. Andrew Church in Holts Summit, 400 St. Andrews Drive, was voted the No. 1 area fish fry by News Tribune readers last year. The church offers domestic farm-raised catfish, fries, baked beans, slaw, cornbread, dessert and drinks.

In the past, St. Andrew volunteers have battered and fried around 2,000 pounds of fish for a dinner.

The fish fries will take place each Friday through March 15 from 3:30-7 p.m. Adults are $15, children from 5-12 are $7 and 5 and under are free. Dine-in service is at Veit Hall. Carryout is $13. Service will be at the Knight's building.

Knights of Columbus Hall in Taos, 7128 Route M, offered a fish and shrimp dinner Friday and will offer another next week from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The dinner is all-you-can-eat for $14 and includes boiled shrimp, or a combo fried fish and shrimp dinner, with baked potato or french fries, baked beans, hush puppies, slaw, ice cream, tea and coffee. Adult beverages are available, and burgers are available for children.

Only cash and checks are accepted.

Knights of Columbus Hall of Jefferson City, 1822 Tanner Bridge Road, will host fish fries from 4:30-7 p.m. every Friday through March 22, and $14 gets you all-you-can-eat fish or a shrimp dinner plate for dine-in or carry out.

"It's great for our community," Luecke said. "It's a way to get together and have a meal."

photo Alexa Pfeiffer/News Tribune Reverend Stephanie Allen, left, and Shirley Cooper Sanders serve fried catfish Friday afternoon at Quinn Chapel.
photo Alexa Pfeiffer/News Tribune Members of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Holts Summit cook fish Friday for the first weekly fish fry of the season.
photo Alexa Pfeiffer/News Tribune Tina Hurley serves beverages Friday at St. Andrews Catholic Church for their first fish fry of the season.
photo Alexa Pfeiffer/News Tribune Community members file into the Knights of Columbus on Friday for a fish fry.
photo Alexa Pfeiffer/News Tribune Immaculate Conception Principal Heather Schrimpf serves fish to a guest during Friday's fish fry at the Knights of Columbus.

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