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April 22, 2014

31st annual luncheon offers quiche, tradition

Variety of salads, quiche highlight available Thursday

Springtime brings flowers, new beginnings, and tradition as the Muskogee Catholic Community hosts the 31st annual Quiche and Salad Luncheon and Bake Sale.

The parish of Sacred Heart, with assistance from the women of the Assumption parish, hosted the first salad luncheon 31 years ago this month.

Some things changed, such as quiche was added to the menu and the two churches merged into St. Joseph parish. However, what hasn’t changed is the quality and variety of the delicious salads and quiche available.

The last Thursday in April is the day when parishioners take to the kitchen and serve more than 300 people in the Muskogee community. Last year, about 70 people prepared 60 quiche and more than 100 salads. It’s the luncheon many people inside and outside St. Joseph parish look forward to each spring.

Sue McBride is serving as this year’s luncheon chairwoman.

“The tables will be decorated in spring pastel colors with fresh cut flowers” McBride said. “The food is awesome! There’s a great variety of colorful salads and quiche.”  

Shirley Garde Miller, Altar Society president, is making her flavorful cashew chicken salad. McBride looks forward to that salad each year. She assures you will not go away hungry and will be pleasantly surprised at the selection of salads. The luncheon is buffet style, which allows guests to select their favorite salads and choice of quiche. Carry-out is available, and someone will be on hand to help if you have multiple carry-out lunches.

Middle school students from St. Joseph Catholic School will serve drinks and assist patrons to their tables. Longtime parishioner Vernon Antonioni will be outside directing traffic and will help those who may need assistance.

This event offers a wonderful lunch, a chance to visit with old friends, an opportunity to make new friends, and the blessing of being part of a 31-year tradition.

The cost is $7 for quiche, salads and a drink. Baked goods will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Church sacristy and needs of the parish. Half of the bake sale proceeds will be donated to the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Here are some recipes from St. Joseph church members. It’s a sample of what may be available at the luncheon.

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