It’s time for our annual trip to the Sons of Norway for Lutefisk!
The screed below was written (last year—but updated) for your reading enjoyment, but the really important part is toward the bottom where the instructions for filling out the flyer and sending it in for tickets can be found. If you don’t do this by January 7th, no lutefisk for you! Read on…
I like to think that, in regards to the world of adventurous eating, I’ve been around. Guts, insects, reptiles, whatever—you name it and there’s a good chance I’ve had it. But until two years ago I had never had lutefisk, that lye-cured fish delicacy of the great white north.
I had heard how horrible it was; how my friends of Minnesotan and Wisconsinite descent would be forced by their Nordic grandmothers to eat just one piece—one bite—of lutefisk each year, and how it positively traumatized them against the very idea of lutefisk—indeed, all foods unusual—for the rest of their lives. So, needless to say really, I had to try it when given the chance; and earlier this year the opportunity arose.
DAEC member and proud northerner Amy was new to Denver and let me know about an annual lutefisk feed at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Lakewood with all the traditional accouterment: Scandinavian style meatballs, lefsa (flatbread made from potato flour), lingonberries, cabbage and gallons and gallons of coffee. It was just about a week-and-a-half before the event, and in order to sign up payment had to be sent in advance, so in the end just three of our members were able to get signed up and attend.
The hundred or so Sons of Norway members in attendance were overwhelmingly welcoming to our group, even calling us up to introduce ourselves before the crowd (after the singing of Norwegian songs-- in Norwegian, even-- and a round of Sven and Ollie jokes). The mood was festive and very “down home”—like a church basement dinner. Not exactly my normal scene, but the crowd was so nice and the mood so cheerful it didn't take me long to get into it.
And the food was freakin’ great. Lutefisk, at least this lutefisk, was mild tasting, firm bordering on gelatinous (but pleasantly) and of course you couldn’t miss with the coating of melted butter and bacon. The other items, some of which I’d never had, were also very good. After dinner we shopped in the little Trollheim Lodge store and got to know some of the people. We had a really fun time. Total hoot. It ain’t trendy, it ain’t fancy, it ain’t hip (downright homey in fact)—but it is a welcoming, easy-going and sweet group of folks offering up a chance to get to know one of their traditions. The Sons of Norway were just as welcoming and happy to see us last year when over 30 of us DAECs descended on the Trollheim Lodge for the annual lutefisk feed. I am looking forward to once again returning. Be sure to look at the pics from last January’s (and the January’s before) event posted in the photos section.
Wanna go? Here’s the deal (and it’s pretty specific, so please read the whole thing):
This is not a DAEC sponsored event, but the event organizer, Barb, who is nice as can be, has welcomed us with open arms and is happy at the prospect of a bunch of DAECs showing up to the dinner. So, let’s plan on hitting the 7:00pm seating.
I have posted the event flyer in our files section, which you will find a link to in the "More" tab towards the top of our webpage. The flyer has all the info about the event, as well as a slip at the bottom for payment purposes. If you want to attend, please just print out the flyer, fill it out and send it in with your payment ($18.50) to the Sons of Norway by January 7th (a week before the event!).
Please be sure to send a note along with your payment that you are a Denver Adventurous Eaters Club member so they can reserve seating for our group. If you want to RSVP via the DAEC website to just let the group know you’ll be there that would be great, but not required, and doing so without sending in your payment will not reserve you a seat at the event.
See you at the Trollheim Lodge, eh? Ya betcha!