Legacy of lutefisk


Welcome
1 The basement of the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., is packed with fully set tables in anticipation for the annual lutefisk dinner. The church offers a series of seatings -- 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. On November 23, 2013, all three dinners were sold out. 
Fish heads
2 Hans Sandom has been preparing lutefisk at Mindekirken's annual event for 12 years. "The cooking time is tricky," said Sandom. "It can go from solid fish to soup in a matter of seconds." 
White sauce
3 Darlene Nordos stirs a traditional white sauce that's served with the fish. "Don't ever eat cold lutefisk," advised Nordos. "If that's your first encounter, you'll never want to eat it again." 
Crowd
4 Attendees line up to enter the dining room for Mindekirken's annual lutefisk dinner on November 23, 2013. 
Lutefisk group
5 This group calls itself the Lutefisk Club. Its dozen members attend at least one lutefisk dinner a month between October and March. 
Lutefisk
6 Volunteers at Mindekirken's annual lutefisk dinner served 450 pounds of fish to approximately 500 guests on November 23, 2013. 
Uffda
7 Einar Sandom leans over one of four boiling pots of potatoes. Along with lutefisk, the church served 200 pounds of potatoes and 90 pounds of coleslaw on November 23, 2013. 
Taste
8 Taste 
Church
9 Church 
Eat
10 Eat 
Butter
11 Butter 
Vikings stadium
12 Vikings stadium 
Reaction
13 Reaction 
Meatballs
14 Meatballs 
Sweaters
15 Sweaters 
Flavor options
16 Flavor options 
Dinner
17 Dinner