2021 Oktoberfest

Oh. My. Goodness.

When we first decided that we wanted to hold our annual German dinner for Jefferson City’s Oktoberfest weekend, but that we might need to make it a drive-thru only event, we wondered how that would go over. Would it be as popular as the sit-down meals have been in the past? I think it’s safe to say that the answer is a resounding “YES!”

We did the prep work on the German potato salad on Thursday so that we would just need to bake the pans on Friday. Friday morning, a group of volunteers started coring and cutting apples, and placing them into water with lemon juice so that they would be ready to fry. In the afternoon, the Brotherhood started grilling the many pounds of sausage and hot dogs and placing them into the warmer, the pies and cakes were cut, the green beans were cooked, apples were fried, and we started to get ready to open.

Our signs had advertised a start time of 4:30pm. Our first car actually drove up at 3:45pm and took all of us by surprise, but there was a steady stream that soon followed. There were a few things that we still needed to learn in those first few cars, but we quickly worked out a system that would carry us through all 130+ customers, and approximately 300 meals.

We almost ran out of pie… I think we ended the night with less than a dozen pieces left. We DID run out of sausage at about 6:15pm… sold a few reduced-priced meals with grilled hot dogs until we also ran out buns, and then shut down. Traffic had slowed down considerably around 6pm, so hopefully we didn’t disappoint too many people.

The volunteers than gathered for our dinners (minus the sausage) gathered around several long tables, chatting about what we had just experienced. What a wonderful time of fellowship while enjoying such wonderful food.

THANK YOU… to everyone who came out to support this event. Again, we had no idea how well a drive-thru meal would work for this type of meal. It went well beyond our expectations. We thought we might serve 200 meals…and we had served almost 100 before it even got to 4:30pm. At that point, we knew we were just going to need to hang on for the ride. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed your meals as much as we enjoyed preparing them and interacting with you.

THANK YOU…to the volunteers who helped in any way to contribute to the success of this meal. Whether you organized, cooked, baked, cut pies/cakes, took orders, packaged orders, delivered orders to vehicles, directed traffic, helped clean up, or anything else that I am simply forgetting, you are appreciated. This church does not function without your continued dedication, and you continue to amaze me with what you can accomplish.

Central Church’s next meal will be a Breakfast Bonanza on Saturday, October 16 from 7:00-11:00am. Made-from-scratch biscuits, pancakes, scrambled eggs, gravy, bacon, sausage, coffee/milk/juice… all-you-can-eat, $10 for adults. $5 for kids 6-12, kids 5 and under eat for free. We hope to see you there!