The Banquet will be closed July 1 and July 6, 2017 for the holiday weekend. Have a safe and happy 4th.
The Banquet will be closed April 13th and April 15th for the Easter holiday. Will reopen April 20th. Blessings to all!
The Banquet guests dine while Bismarck High's jazz choir Genesis provide songs ranging from pop to Christmas carols at the weekly free meal in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck.
Photo by Tom Stromme, Bismarck Tribune
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By Corina Cappabianca, KX News Reporter
Every Thursday night volunteers at The Banquet serve a free meal to help those in need.But, this week they're cooking up a special Thanksgiving dinner for about 450 of their guests.
"We're having a turkey dinner with the dressing-- mashed potatoes, gravy, the whole works and so it becomes a special event, kind of like a big family dinner," says The Banquet Volunteer Debra Hieb.
A big family indeed. And, The Banquet's Director Karla Sadowsky says it's growing.
"Our numbers are increasing and all the volunteers that show up here walk away feeling that they've done something really good," says Sadowsky.
Volunteer Debra Hieb says helping others is what it's all about.
"It's very fulfilling and I love to do it and I just I hope the people that come and our guests like it too," says Hieb.
Guests say they're thankful for the festive supper.
"It's really good I love pumpkin pie. My favorite time of year. Holidays, Black Friday's coming up. I'm pretty excited," says Lilllia Arntz.
"I came with my friend Mark and wanted to get out of the cold and we were hungry and wanted to get a good hot meal... Everything was great, but the turkey, mashed potatoes, the stuffing-- fantastic. Just perfect. Just like how my grandparents cook," says Matthew Kronberger.
A home-cooked meal warming the hearts of those who need it most.
Yesterday the team prepared twenty turkeys. That's about 300 lbs. of meat for tonight's dinner.
A large number of people attended The Banquet at Bismarck’s Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday evening where students from St. Mary’s Central High School were serving the weekly hot meal to approximately 452 people according to coordinator Karla Sadowsky. Hosting the event were the St. Mary’s Leo Lions Club who plan, prepare and serve the meal along with their parents, club advisors and Banquet volunteers. Any business, club or organization who would like to work at the event in 2015 are urged to call Karla Sadowsky at 202-4749 to reserve a date.
To view the November 01, 2014 1:00 am, Bismarck Tribune video, click here.
To read the Bismarck Tribune editorial, click here.
To read Nina Carter's, KFYR-TV newscast, please click here.
To read the Bismarck Tribune article, click here.
Picture by Will Kincaid, Bismarck Tribune
Listen to Karla Sadowsky and Teresa Reis discuss The Banquet’s growth with Brad Bales, KNDR 104.7 FM, Today’s Christian Music Station Manager (click here).