Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

St. Rita's "chickenfest"

Besides the ethnic music festivals that fill Milwaukee's lakefront in the summer, summer is also the season of the Church festivals. Every weekend some, or even several churches, are having parish fairs with the obligatory bingo, beer, polka music, carnivals, and church suppers. St. Rita's is the Catholic church nearest us, and the third weekend of July is always their festival weekend. They have a fish fry on Friday, a spaghetti supper on Saturday, and a chicken dinner Sunday afternoon. We always go for chicken simply because it is so delicious! It is spit-roasted over charcoal until falling-off-the-bone tender, and very nicely spiced. There are a number of caterers in Milwaukee who specialize in such things, and Croatian-American foods, who does the cooking, does a lovely job. The church ladies do the serving, and have come to recognize us even though this is the only event we show up for. Seven-dollars fifty cents gets you a savory half-chicken, German potato salad, coleslaw, roll, butter, and a wedge of watermelon. You can't beat it for good eating!

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