The Town Center Men’s Group held their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday night…the last night of Mardi Gras and the day before Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. The tradition began centuries ago when people removed all the flour, eggs, milk, and sugar from their pantries to begin fasting for Lent, thus the “Fat Tuesday” or “Shrove Tuesday” custom continues today. In many churches, the men began cooking the pancakes so we have continued that same tradition in our community with our third annual event. Since the Men’s Group has been doing special dinner events going into our third year now, they all take turns doing the major jobs, depending on who might have been cooks all their lives or whether they have a specialty they enjoy (like grilling our hamburgers for the cookouts in the summer).
Casey Jones and Lynn McIntosh decided they would take over the reins of making all the pancakes…not something either has done much in their lives…but they did an amazing job after they experimented with a few. The first pancakes were close to the size of a Frisbee…but as time went by, they became more uniform and much like you might find at IHOP. Dr. Jim Beavers served the bacon and Harry Gilbert passed out the link sausages. Carl Osburn, Bill Rodgers, and Frank Esch rounded up the crew by adding real or “fake” butters and your choice of three different kinds of syrups. Some of the men were floaters, walking around the dining room offering more pancakes or meats. The sounds of Bourbon Street could be heard in the background and each of the men were wearing their beads for Mardi Gras. It was a fun evening all around and everyone certainly got their fill of the fattening foods in the house!