Priest, cooking lessons to be auctioned off at Sacred Heart Parish fall picnic

By by jennifer preyss
Sept. 2, 2010 at 4:02 a.m.

HALLETTSVILLE - If there's one reason to attend the Sacred Heart Parish Fall Picnic at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hallettsville Sunday this year, this is it: one lucky bidder will learn to cook authentic Chinese food from the Rev. Tommy Chen.

Chen, a master of Chinese cooking, will be auctioned off around 1 p.m. to the highest bidder for a night of Asian feasting. Chen will both demonstrate popular methods of Chinese cooking and instruct the lucky winner and their guests - up to six couples - how to cook authentic Chinese fare.

"I think people are going to love it," the Rev. John Peters said.

Chen's culinary experience will include learning how to make egg-drop soup, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, pepper steak, catfish, and stir-fried vegetables, among others.

Other items to be sold at the auction include collectible Barbie dolls, fruit and wine baskets, Jack Daniel bar signs, photography sessions, student desks, varieties of cattle, bales of hay, and Peters' six-feet-long sheet cake, which has in previous years been auctioned off for more than $20,000.

"It's quite delicious," Peters said, laughing.

Doors open to the picnic at 10:30 a.m. and dinner begins immediately after. Meals can be purchased for $7.50 for adults, $4 for children, and include country fried chicken, stew, homemade cornbread dressing and other sides. Dinner will be served until 1:30 p.m in Knights Hall and drive-thru meals are available until 1 p.m.

Children's games and activities will commence throughout the day, such as the "Pig Plop," where kids can win a prize if the pig poops on their chosen square. There's also bingo, cake walks, a country store and a washer pitching tournament at 5 p.m.

The picnic also features a biergarten with live polka, Czech, and country-Western music on the main pavilion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dance begins at 1 p.m with music by the Red Ravens and Duika Brothers. There is no entrance fee to the dance.

"People should come because it's the best picnic in the whole area and it will be a day of good food, fellowship and fun," Peters said.

For more information on the picnic, call 361-798-5043.



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