German pork roast on menu for Saturday dinner

  • Andrea Dale has been cooking for the St. Patrick’s Church monthly supper for more than a decade. Each month, she and other volunteers craft a homemade meal for members of the community.

  • A volunteer makes sure hot food is ready to be served during a past supper at St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield. The German pork roast dinner to be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday costs $12 for adults and $6  for children. Contributed Photo

  • Each month, neighbors gather in the basement of St. Patrick’s Church in Northfield to enjoy an afternoon with their community members and a home-cooked meal. Staff Photo/ZACK DeLUCA

Staff Writer
Published: 10/17/2019 6:14:53 PM
Modified: 10/17/2019 6:14:42 PM

NORTHFIELD — Hungry residents may find themselves allured by the scent of a German pork roast as it wafts out of the kitchen in the St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday.

“It’s a community thing,” said Andrea Dale, chief cook for the regularly scheduled dinners. “We get people from all the different churches, the whole area.”

Each month, neighbors gather in the basement of St. Patrick’s at 80 Main St. to enjoy an afternoon with community members and, of course, a home-cooked meal and dessert for $12 for adults and $6 for children. Each dinner draws an average of 50 people to the church, Dale said.

Volunteers spend the day crafting different meals each month, with a break in the summer. Dale, now in her 70s, has been cooking at St. Patrick’s for more than a decade.

“I started out as a helper and now it seems to belong to me,” she said.

Her German pork roast dinner, made from her grandmother’s recipe, is one of the most popular and anticipated suppers of the year. In preparation for Saturday’s 5 p.m. meal, Dale purchased roughly 50 pounds of pork.

“My grandmother swore she was German even though she came from Alsace Lorraine,” a territory that has been part of both France and Germany, due to a series of secessions from 1871 to 1945. Dale joked “sometimes you weren’t German depending on who was winning the war.”

In addition to the homemade pork roast, this weekend’s dinner will feature homemade apple sauce, sauerkraut provided by Foster’s Supermarket, and a number of homemade desserts.

“Some of the volunteers are outstanding bakers,” Dale said. “People buy their ticket and run right over to the dessert table to pick out their favorite dessert before getting in line for the dinner.”

Members of the Parish Council help to plan the suppers as a fundraiser for the church. As part of this month’s dinner, Walnut Kitchen Homestead will provide $100 worth of naturally raised pork products for raffle.

St. Patrick’s Church has also started hosting Sunday brunches at $6 per person. Next month will feature a variety of homemade lasagnas, Dale said, already teasing November’s dinner.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.

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