The Alliance Review
St. Paul School in Salem is reaching out to the community with a Lenten Fish Fry fundraiser.
The event will help boost the school’s finances, which have taken a hit with the COVID-19 crisis. The ban on larger gatherings has caused the cancellation of fundraisers such as Bingo, an annual auction event and more.
The Feb. 26 event will feature teachers, administrators and staff working together to staff the event.
In a release from the school, officials say staff members have tested out recipes and equipment, refined processes and packaging, and obtained “some high quality fish from Coezy Meat Market in Lisbon.”
The event will be carryout only. Orders made be made in advance at 330-337-3451 or at the shortened link, tinyurl.com/SPSFishFry. Payment must be made in advance by dropping off a check or cash to the school a 925 E. State St. in Salem, or via the Venmo app, using @SaintPaulSchoolSALEM. Please note payment is for FISH.
Teachers will be offering three meal options. For $12, you can choose between an 8-ounce crispy beer-battered fried pollock filet or an 8-ounce broiled pollock filet seasoned with lemon pepper. Fish meals include three sides, cheesy potato casserole, green beans and coleslaw. They also include a homemade corn muffin with butter, tartar sauce, and a malt vinegar packet. The broiled fish, green beans and coleslaw are gluten-free and Keto friendly. Also offered will be a $6 macaroni-and-cheese meal that comes with an applesauce cup, green beans and coleslaw.
Officials say the planning process has involved learning to quickly cook and serve up difficult-to-prepare food as safely as possible under COVID restrictions.
Workers have testing new packaging, new processes and new ordering.
During the ordering process, customers will be asked to select approximate pick-up times so meals can be ready to go. Pickup will 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, behind the school.
Members of the teaching staff and Father Robert Edwards report that they have taste-tested everything.
“Everyone loved the fish!” said St. Paul Principal David Pancurak. “We are featuring teachers’ own recipes for homemade corn muffins, beans, tartar sauce, cheesy potatoes, etc. If this goes well, we will offer another fish fry next month!
“This is a tough year with all of our usual big fundraising efforts off the table due to COVID, and it’s wonderful to know our teachers and families are coming together to work hard on innovative new fundraisers like this to ensure that our school and students have everything they need to finish this year strong.”