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St. Mary’s Parish Dinner Club

Inspired by the way food is intertwined with a feeling of community and fellowship, St Mary’s Center began the St. Mary’s Parish Dinner Club in February 2012. On the second Thursday of every month everyone is welcome to St Mary’s Center in downtown Scranton for a dinner featuring gastronomic delights from across the globe. Pastor Father Leonard Martin SJ, helps parishioners in the kitchen and takes on maitre’ d responsibilities welcoming diners to the event.

“The friendships grow dinner after dinner,” explains St. Mary’s Center manager Barbara Shimkus. “People come back month after month and look to see their Dinner Club friends.” With assigned seats people can request an intimate table for two or be a part of a bigger group of friends. Intrepid Dinner Club attendees can share a laugh with a table of potential new friends.

The perfect complement to great friendships is even better food. Father Leonard chooses the menu every month and some examples include Irish ham and cabbage for March, All-American Barbeque for July, Oktoberfest in the early fall and fall harvest in November. The four-course dinner features soup or salad, a generously sized entrée, coffee or tea and dessert for $20 per person. For those looking to enjoy a cocktail, there is a cash bar. The dinner club is a fundraiser and the proceeds contribute to the expense of both the church and the center. Reservations must be made by noon on the Tuesday prior to dinner. “From big groups to parties of one, the Dinner Club is a chance to enjoy delicious food in a friendly atmosphere where everyone belongs.” Shimkus explains.  –Kieran O’Brien Kern