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Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital. During Lent, it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.
On Friday, March 7, the Post once again fired up its annual Friday-night Lenten fish fries.
Dinners consisting of fried and breaded fresh haddock with all the trimmings will be served 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Good Friday, April 18.
Dinners this year are $10 per plate. An extra cup of clam chowder is $1.
Former post commander Jack Goin jokes the secret for cooking Lenten fish is all in the wrist as he and fellow post members toil over the fryer.
Other VFW volunteers dish up plates of food and ladle clam chowder into cups for hungry customers during the intense two-hour kitchen assembly-line operation.
Catholic Lenten baked fish dinners
Our Lady of LaSalette Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, meanwhile, is busy serving baked fish dinners every Friday during Lent.
Dinners will be served in Brendan Hall at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) in Shallotte, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through April 11.
Dinners consist of a generous portion of baked haddock, baked French fries, coleslaw, fresh baked bread and dessert de jour.
Dinners are $10 per plate, with dine in or takeout available.
All proceeds will be donated to charities that serve veterans, first responders, disabled servicemen and -women and disaster relief.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 firstname.lastname@example.org.