St. Al’s Gears Up for Annual Fish Fry
The St. Alphonsus family is getting ready for its award-winning Annual Fish Fry – a major fund-raiser for our parish and school that raised nearly $100,000 in 2017 and was named the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry in a contest sponsored by TheIncline.com!
As Fish Fry Chair Frank McSorley will tell you: Our volunteers are the key to an incredible Fish Fry operation. In 2017, scores of volunteers prepared, cooked and served over 1,000 meals every Friday night in Lent.
Now that Lent is less than a month away, we are signing up volunteers online at https://tinyurl.com/2018FishFry. You can also call the parish office at 724-935-1151 to sign up.
As our volunteers will tell you, working the Fish Fry is about fellowship – making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. We need volunteers to do everything from cutting up the fish to serving the meals to cleaning up the kitchen.
For a typical Friday Fish Fry, the work begins on Wednesday with fish thawing. On Thursday, volunteers cut the fish, prepare condiments and drinks. By Friday morning, the fish and shrimp breading begins. That day is filled with a flurry of activity as we prepare the food and set up the cafeteria.
By 4:30 p.m., volunteers are in place to serve as waiters/waitresses, food servers, cooks, packers for to-go meals, food expeditors and cashiers. We also need people to clean up the dining room and kitchen throughout the evening.
Altogether, we need over 150 volunteers every Friday night to make the Fish Fry work like a well-oiled machine.
Want to Be A Food Sponsor?
If you are interested in supporting the Fish Fry with a donation, please consider becoming a Food Sponsor or Corporate (Placemat) Sponsor.
You can become a Food Sponsor by covering the cost of a menu item for one or more of the weekly dinners. For example: To sponsor shrimp for one night is $400. Groups can pool their contributions and sponsor an item together. For example: the Smith, Jones and Johnson families might sponsor the Clam Chowder during Week 2.
A large board will be on display at the Fish Fry showing all of the sponsors for each week.
Corporate (Placemat) Sponsors Needed Too
Buying a placemat ad for $250 is a great way to advertise and be seen by over 1,000 people weekly!
Each placemat will display our corporate sponsors for all seven weeks. Each sponsor space is approximately the size of a business card. Only 25 spaces are available and they sell out quickly, so reserve your spot now.
**All sponsors and artwork need to be received by Feb. 1. See links above for forms.
For more information about food or corporate sponsorship, please contact Jama McCabe at 412-508-2414 at fishfry@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org.
What’s in a Fish Fry Meal?
Our delicious meals include your choice of fried fish or baked fish or fried shrimp. You can also get fish as a sandwich. For side dishes there is macaroni and cheese or French fries or baked potato; coleslaw or applesauce; clam chowder or tomato Florentine; and a beverage. You can also buy items a la carte and we offer desserts for an additional fee.
The meals are served in the Blessed Francis Seelos Academy cafeteria from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Lenten Fridays. On Good Friday, we start an hour earlier and serve from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can dine in or order takeout. Prices are $10 for adult dinners and $2 for a child’s dinner.
On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) we offer takeout only from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The brown-bag meal costs $8.