Roving by Bob Allen
Having spent about three hours watching, delivering plates and eating at the Wake Forest United Methodist Church Fish Fry last Friday, I had a first-hand experience in most all aspects of this marvelous event and could see the many people it takes to make it such a big success.
From pastor Donald Warren struggling with the crank on the hushpuppy cooker, chief cook Lewis Freeman carefully checking and lifting the golden filets to the tray of the runner to the kitchen, the guys battering the flounder and another checking and lifting the boiled potatoes to a tray for a runner.
The kitchen crew members swiftly placed the fish, slaw, potatoes, hush puppies, napkin with plastic utensils and tarter sauce pack in the boxes and quickly passed them to kitchen supervisor Joan Freeman who shut and put them in plastic bags.
It was a smooth-running operation, and fascinating to observe.
There are others taking care of those driving through, some cleaning tables, and someone keeping the iced tea and lemonade pitchers from running out and, of course, there is a reliable cashier.
Bill Brown and I solicited delivery orders and because of the workers’ efficiency, we managed to deliver our orders right on time without any sweat.
A few years ago there were some times when it was quite a hair-pulling chore.
Bill and I have learned to take it pretty much in our stride, and I’ve learned to always write down the delivery time of my biggest order and deliver it 15 minutes early.
Is it all worth these people’s efforts? I certainly think so. We learned Sunday we had sold 1,050 plates earning us $9,000, including some generous donations which will benefit the church’s International Mission — the building of a New Methodist Church, St. Peter’s On The Rock in Hellshire, Jamaica.
Not only do these workers deserve a big hand — the great number of patrons warrants a big thank you, also.
Look for another fish fry next spring!
—Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, welcomes and encourages your comments or suggestions at 919-556-3059 or [email protected]