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United Methodist Women salad luncheon serves up community

The Rosemount United Methodist Women will host their 47th annual Salad Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23.

The Rosemount United Methodist Women started hosting their annual Salad Luncheon 47 years ago. Year after year, people come back and so the ladies keep doing it.

Traditionally, the United Methodist Women held the luncheon Secretary’s Day so bosses could bring their assistants to lunch.

While times have changed — it’s now Administrative Professional’s Day — organizer Janet Ewing said the event is as popular as ever. This year’s salad luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at the church, 14770 Canada Ave.

Several hundred people go through the salad lines each year, and every scoopful of pasta salad and hot German Potato Salad they put on their plate helps the United Methodist Women do their work.

The United Methodist Women support mission work locally, nationally and internationally. Ewing said much of their work focuses on educating women. Projects work with women and youth at the grassroots level to improve lives.

“When you educate women, life for the whole community gets better,” said Ewing.

In addition to raising money, Ewing said the luncheon provides an opportunity to for the community to gather and enjoy one another’s company.

“A lot of people enjoy sitting and visiting,” said Ewing.

Of course, the food is the highlight of the day. Ewing said members of the church will whip up hundreds of salads for the event. With good record keeping over the years, Ewing said they have an accurate idea each year of what they’ll need. Members of the United Methodist Women and congregants of Rosemount United Methodist Church volunteer to bring in the salads.

Brimming from end to end with bowls, the salad table will feature potato salad, a variety of pasta salads, mixed greens, fruit, Jello and more.

For an extra charge slices of homemade pie will also be available. Ewing said at a cost of $1.50 a slice, it’s the best deal around.

The cost of the luncheon is $6 and that includes a choice of beverage. Children ages two to 12 can eat for $1.50. An express line will be available for people who need to get back to work. Take-out containers will also be available.

Tickets will be available at the door or purchased in advance at the church office.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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