I made it to Trinity Lutheran Church’s Lutefisk and Meatball Supper last night. I ordered my food to go, as I had to get back to the newsroom to work on today’s newspaper.
I want to make the following explicitly clear: The people at Trinity were very kind and friendly to me and put on a great dinner. About 600 people had already eaten their food by the time I’d arrived, and more were coming, so you know it was not a failure. Also, people joke about lutefisk having a foul smell, but the aroma in the church’s hall was actually quite pleasant.
That being said, I now understand why lutefisk has its reputation. The flavor wasn’t so bad, but the texture really got to me. This will have to be the first and only time I eat the famed Norwegian delicacy, because the thought of eating it again now makes me gag.
It’s possible that my decision to take the food back to work was my downfall. The kind folks at Trinity said that if it’s served at the wrong temperature, it isn’t nearly as good to eat, and my lutefisk lost some of its warmth on the ride back to The Sun.
Anyway, the joke’s on me, as you can see from this video. What really surprises me, watching it now, is how strong my reaction looks. I thought I was hiding my reactions pretty well, but now it’s clear that I have absolutely no poker face.
I’ll also say that the cole slaw, meatballs, lefse and potatoes were very tasty and well made.