Crowds are sweet on St. Paul's annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast
That's the operative word for the 35th annual St. Paul's Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast set to be consumed Monday by 2,000 on the Town Green before the parade goes marching by on the Old Post Road.
Veteran flapjack flipper Bruce Kueffner told the Fairfield Citizen about logistics during an interview. St. Paul's men and boys, gearing up since the first week of May, will be hustling with military precision from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
The makings of the palate-tickling meal, viewed in the church kitchen Sunday, include:
"¢ 200 pounds of frozen sausage.
"¢ 15 gallons of "heavy duty" maple syrup.
"¢ 300 pounds of Aunt Jemima pancake mix.
"The operation is the epitome of the division of labor," Kueffner said. "It's a human beehive from 5:30 a.m. on."
"We have batter mixers by the dozen, batter carriers, coffee makers and you name it. Nothing is left to chance," he added. "This is an example of Fairfield at its best, as St. Paul's men and boys pitch in."
The young and old human "bees" will be wearing long red St. Paul's aprons over the prescribed attire: sky blue shirts and tan pants.
The price is $5 for grown-ups; lower for kids. Kueffner said it comes down to $1 apiece for each of two sausages and $3 for a stack of pancakes drowning in or dribbled with as much maple syrup as one desires..
"Money goes nearly 100 percent to St. Paul's Outreach -- mainly Haiti earthquake relief this year," he said.
The pancakes are cooked on two-feet-square griddles in the kitchen. Six additional similarly-sized griddles, heated by propane, will operate out front -- to keep the pancake assembly line moving.
Modest expenses include the rental of trash cans from the Town of Fairfield ($50 apiece, which includes emptying same); paper plates, paper cups, rental of extra griddles and tables. Expenses also include the purchase of paper tablecloths and napkins.
The major domo of this year's
Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast is Jarrid Hall.
The first Sunday of May, during the announcement portion of the 9:15 a.m. service, Hall appeared wearing an oversized furry red, white and blue hat to warm up the congregation for the annual pancake breakfast. Successive Sundays he wore other types of red, white and blue hats.
Last Sunday Hall didn't say a word. He had on a straw hat with a red, white and blue ribbon band. He stood at the head of the center aisle; his hands held a spatula and a griddle. He flipped a pancake and caught it flawlessly with the circular griddle.
The congregation laughed and applauded as Hall silently walked away.