For nearly a quarter-century, Paint Branchers have traveled across the United States and the world through the various cuisines. These dinners, which began as a fundraiser to build a proper kitchen in the Meeting House, have evolved into a beloved tradition that brings young and old together for a fabulous dining experience.
Each Ethnic dinner event focuses on a single country, group of small countries, or U.S. region. Sometimes the Ethnic Dinner committee has picked a place that has been in the news recently. Other times, the group has chosen a nation because some people in the congregation are planning a vacation there, and they will be able to pick up some hard-to-find ingredients. On occasion, the dinner encompasses a single culinary or beverage tradition: California wine country, English cream tea, Hawaiian luau, New England pot roast. Background music and informational displays complement the menu items.
Paint Branch has another important church-wide meal near the Holidays. This dinner typically follows the relevant Sunday service. At one time it was done as a potluck meal with one long buffet line. About 15 years ago, with the desire to have everyone seated and dining at the same time, the format of the meal was changed to be a set menu, served to tables family-style, or more lately served from a few buffet stations. The purpose of the meal is to celebrate our community.
Dinner organizers welcome cooks and kitchen helpers as well as set-up and cleanup crew members. Most of all, we welcome people with appetites for good food! The income from these reasonably priced dinners helps to support our congregation.