60th Sauerkraut Supper
Dozens of volunteers work to make annual event a success
Tavistock is again gearing up for its annual sauerkraut supper. Wednesday, Nov. 14, will mark the 60th year the Tavistock Men’s Club has been serving up the Germany delicacy and all the fixings.
The idea of a sauerkraut supper in Tavistock was first brought forward by the women of Trinity Lutheran Church. They held a few suppers before the Men’s Club took over in 1959.
Men’s Club president Al Calder comments that the annual sauerkraut supper represents Tavistock at its very best.
“We reconnect with people who have been coming for years on end and we welcome newcomers. And in true Tavistock style, we feed them an excellent meal. Perhaps best of all, the proceeds from the sauerkraut supper are used to benefit our community. Win-win all round,” said Calder.
Members of the Men’s Club, their spouses and friends have had many years to get the details just right, and those years have seen many changes. In the early days, ladies were baking at least four snitz pies each for the event. Now that task is left up to Quehl’s Restaurant.
Another change made a few years back has relieved much vehicular congestion at the Memorial Hall. The club now distributes takeout orders from their building at 78 Woodstock St. N. The parking lot at the Francis Funeral Home across the street is available to make it easy for people to pick up their dinners. Tavistock residents can also call the hall at 519-655-3573 to have the meal delivered right to their door. As well, on Nov. 14 Quehl’s Restaurant helps out the club in another way by serving the sauerkraut dinner on their menu for those who chose to eat at the restaurant.
Co-chairmen Bill Wettlaufer, Steve Cahill and Ron Wiffen gathered dozens of workers in September to clean, shred, salt and pack the 17 45-gallon drums of cabbage which by now have turned into sauerkraut. Potatoes, gravy, 1,200 pounds of roast pork from Krug’s Meat Market, applesauce, cabbage salad, 300 loaves of bread from Guenther’s Bakery in Milverton and some 300 apple pies served with cheese, rounds out the menu.
Racks of desserts await the hundreds of guests at the 2015 edition of the annual sauerkraut supper in Tavistock.