Central Carroll: Carroll County Food Sunday to hold 'Captain's Table' dinner

Central Carroll: Carroll County Food Sunday to hold 'Captain's Table' dinner
Denis Fahey, Food Bank Administrator moving a pallet of food in the Carroll County Foods warehouse in Westminster. (Courtesy Photo)

Carroll County Food Sunday invites the public to step back in time and join them on the Love Boat's maiden voyage at their dinner, "Dining at the Captain's Table" on Oct. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.

"Are you old enough to remember the television show 'The Love Boat'?" Carroll County Food Sunday Executive Director Ed Leister asked. "Our guests will be greeted as they arrive and throughout the evening by Julie, Captain Stubing, Gopher, Isaac, and Doc."


And, by joining them at this, their sixth annual dinner, Leister said, you will help navigate Carroll County Food Sunday toward a full pantry of food for Carroll County families who are food insecure.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the cocktail hour, featuring a silent auction with an array of items, everything from jewelry and pottery, collectibles and more. During the cocktail hour, music by The Miles and Monte show will keep toes tapping. Leister said this is a father-and-son team.

"His 15-year-old son plays the upright bass and his dad plays the guitar and sings," Leister said. "They are going to do the soft, old tunes, what they call we used to call easy listening music. They call it swing."

For dinner at 7 p.m., award-winning chef, Shelley Funt will present a surf and turf dinner, with beef tenderloin medallions and CLV's signature jumbo lump crab cake with harvest salad, herb scalloped potatoes, and haricot vert [green bean] with a trio dessert plate.

Leister said this dinner usually sells out, but ticket sales have been slow this year. He encourages everyone to come out for a fun night while supporting a worthy cause.

The business casual dinner costs $75 per person, with only 200 seats available. Tickets need to be purchased by Sept. 15.

Carroll County Food Sunday (CCFS), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is an example of volunteers and members of the community coming together to help their neighbors, supporting Carroll residents by meeting their emergency and supplemental food needs in several locations, including Westminster warehouse space donated by our county government.

"Our program aims to sustain health, good nutrition and energy, raise human potential and to do so in a manner that enhances human dignity," Leister said.

Over 400 families a week are served at the CCFS Westminster, Eldersburg and Taneytown locations where they distribute a weekly, nutritionally balanced grocery package with meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, breads and milk, meant to last four to five days.

"We are doing everything, milk, eggs, peanut butter, meats, more food than we have given in 10 years," Leister said. "We also print 85,000 veggie vouchers a year. People can take them to any farmer's market in Carroll County and get their veggies. We write [the vendors] a check for the veggies. This helps local farmers and those in need of fresh vegetables. It puts money back into these farmer's markets, too."

"Dining at the Captain's Table" will be held inside the Hospitality Dining Room at Carroll Lutheran Village, 900 Mission Square, Westminster. Hurry to purchase your tickets, before it is too late.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling Ed Leister at 410-259- 5922 or Frank Baylor at 443-340-2061.

Pancake Breakfast

The 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the Westminster United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 11:30 a.m. inside Jubilee Hall, in the rear of the church, located at 165 E. Main Street — on the corner of Main and Center Street — in Westminster

Look for a full menu of plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, chipped beef gravy, biscuits, home fries, fruit, pastries, coffee, tea and juices.


The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 11, and free for kids under age 3.

Many of the UMW members and a few men arrive around 5 a.m. to start cooking and baking to be sure everything is ready and fresh at 7.

For more information, call the church at 410-848- 8325.

Church Dinner

Patapsco United Methodist Church will hold a Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the church, 2821 Patapsco Road, in Patapsco (within the 21048 Finksburg ZIP code area). Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Church member Sherry Devore said these family style dinners are a tradition.

"Our dinners have been a fixture in the Patapsco community for decades and are prepared with the same country home style recipes that have been passed down through generations of Patapsco United Methodist Women since the 1940s," Devore said. "The dinners were originally served every Wednesday as part of a women's quilting group when their husbands would come from work for lunch. Word quickly spread and the crews from passing freight trains, local factory workers, and utility workers throughout the area began stopping for lunch every week."

Now, Devore said, many of their regular guests come from as far as Baltimore City, Southern Pennsylvania and Carroll's surrounding counties.

Devore said people who attend say "they come every year because the dinners bring them back to more simple times and that they enjoy the comfort food and community fellowship."

Each meal will include roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, Harvard beets and Cole slaw with drink and dessert.

Dinner's cost $11 per person, or $5.50 for children ages 6 to 11. Kids under age 6 eat free. Carryout meals are available for $12 and should be ordered ahead by calling Kathy at 410-848-3124 or 410-857-9210 on the day of the dinner.

"The funds raised from our dinners are used to support several community missions [that] the Patapsco United Methodist Women have been involved with for decades," Devore said. "We have monthly visits to the Springfield Hospital Center to serve seasonal snacks, homemade treats and drinks, as well as fellowship with many of the patients. These monthly visits have continued since the 1950s. The Patapsco United Methodist Women also make various donations to other local charities throughout the year."

According to Devore, the church holds two dinners in the spring and two in the fall, serving up about 100 dinners in the hall each time, and preparing about 50 carryout meals. Church members help with preparation, serving, and clean-up.

"This is a wonderful meal that provides both community fellowship and fundraising for our local missions," Devore said of the church dinner.

This is the first of two fall dinners, with the second one coming on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email