I love eating at church festivals for the following reasons: the food is usually very inexpensive, the fare is often home-made, and the atmosphere is very convivial. It is, after all, hosted by a church!
Last Sunday, I was scheduled to go to brunch with a couple of friends but I requested making a culinary detour first: to the "Taste of St. Anthony's" at the historic St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 318 Benton Boulevard in the old Northeast. The church is right across the street from the old (and empty) Joseph J. Heim mansion, built in 1889 from the fortunes of the Heim Brewery and Electric Park.
Somewhere, I had seen a poster for the "Taste of St. Anthony's" advertising food booths offering fare from different countries -- and a cake walk! My friend Georgina warned me not to eat too much food at the festival since we were going out for a fancy brunch afterwards, but the aroma of the grilled italian sausage sandwiches (above) clouded my judgement and before I could stop myself, I had purchased $10 worth of food tickets!
Meanwhile, I tasted Vietnamese egg rolls and barbecued pork from one booth and Mexican enchiladas from another. And I almost got a chance to sample a few delicacies from the Haiti booth before I was shamed into leaving to eat brunch.
I didn't get a chance to sample any of the dishes from the Haiti booth or have a plate of nachos. I thought about sneaking back later, but I didn't.
Maybe next year....