Sons of Norway lodge taps into heritage

Lutefisk dinner honors cultural dish

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Lakewood’s Trollheim Sons of Norway Lodge is inviting residents to get a taste of the homeland at its annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner.

The dinner will be served at the lodge, 6610 W. 14th Ave., at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.

“Lutefisk is a traditional Scandinavian fish dish, that is sort of similar to what jerky was for American cowboys,” lodge member Barbara Hessel said. “Vikings would take it on long trips, and Scandinavians have been eating it for a long time.”

According to Hessel, the Trollheim lodge has been around for 40 years, and is one of the older lodges in the state. It is the largest lodge in its district with around 365 active members.

Bev King, a third generation, 100 percent Norwegian and former lodge president, has been cooking for the lodge and other events for many years. For the Lutefisk dinner, she orders around 350 pounds of the fish to serve.

The dish is also served with potatoes and cabbage, and the dinner offers meatballs for people who don’t want fish.

“The first time the community hears about it, they want to get tickets,” King said. “It takes us about 55 people to pull the dinner off.”

King said that many churches — especially Lutheran — and Scandinavian communities do Lutefisk dinners at least once a year. The fish is seasonal, and she begins taking orders in August and finishes up around the first of January.

For more information, visit www.trollheimlodge.com. For reservations, call 303-989-4496.

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