Photo Essay

Norwegian Lutefisk Supper, 2013

Lutefisk Crowd

Each fall the annual Norwegian Lutefisk Supper takes place at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville, Wisconsin, the last Thursday in October. The first supper held here began on Dec 3. 1948. The average guest list is between 1,200 and 1,300. The menu consists of lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, gravy, potatoes, lefse, flat bread, grot, salad, Norwegian delicacies, and coffee.

Preparations for the meal begins in August. 1,300 lbs.of fish is ordered through a local dealer . Five bushels of cabbage are used in the salad, 360 lbs. of potatoes, 200 lbs. of butter, 50 lbs. of coffee and 70 dozen tea rolls.

(The above information was from one of the old cookbooks that was sold there in 1998 and it may not be up to date this many years later.)

Not everyone is fond of lutefisk but I have acquired a taste for it because it was a tradition for our family when I was growing up to have it in a Christmas meal. Our family got together with one of my aunt and uncles who always served it at Christmas time also...Although my parents are both gone plus the aunt and uncle who shared their lutefisk meals with us during the holidays past, sweet memories linger yet of the following Norwegian prayer we faithfully said at the table before the meal was served.

Jesu navn gar vi til bords,

in jesus name we go to table,

at spise og drikke pa dit ord,

to eat and drink at thy word,

dig gud til aere os til gavn;

thou god to honor, us to be gifted;

sa far vi mat i jesu navn.

So receive we food in jesus name.


Author of Norwegian Prayer unknown

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10 responses

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 Nov 2013):

    superb....images and story,,,, Vote Andrea!!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (6 Nov 2013):

    Voted. Heartfelt and I love all the food served. yum! This is a wonderful tradition that you have documented and captured in the true spirit that you always, very sincerely creat!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (6 Nov 2013):

    Creative work!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (6 Nov 2013):

    Thank you Saroj Swain for nominating my photo essay....and thank you for the votes and comments. Very appreciated.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (6 Nov 2013):

    Saroj beat me to nominating this story, but you certainly have my vote! I am thoroughly enjoying your story of a great Norwegian tradition that lives on in many parts of the world. Well done, Andrea!!

  • Donald Garrett

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  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (7 Nov 2013):

    This is an excellent photo essay, it gives us a look into a long standing Norwegian tradition. Voted !!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (11 Nov 2013):

    Excellent, my vote!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (15 Nov 2013):

    a wonderful tradition. You captured them perfectly.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (18 Nov 2013):

    FAB story, Andrea! Thanks for your share!

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