As the election season creeps up all over the South fundraising fish fries pop up. Normally I try to stay away from them, partially because I had to cover so many while working for the newspapers and I really try to stay away from politics. Not to mention the food is usually a little substandard due to the amount of people who like to show up. It’s difficult to fry tender juicy fish for more than a thousand people, all who are planning on going back for at least a third plate.
This is not the case for the annual Friendly Chapel Fish and Fowl Dinner that benefits Brother Paul’s soup kitchen and shelter in North Little Rock. Every year thousands of folks show up to help raise funds and enjoy some really tasty fried fish. I mean they do a better job than some of the restaurants in town (not naming any names but the initials are Catfish City). Of course the cause is a good one too, so Katherine and I decided to get our fill of fried food. So did a lot of other people. A volunteer told us there were 21 cooks on hand. There’s even a takeout and refill line and swarms of volunteers walking around to refill your iced tea. The venue normally plays host to the bigger acts that come to town. Taylor Swift was there a few weeks back.
When it comes to a true fish fry everything is unhealthy. If you are really lucky there is okra and coleslaw as a vegetable option to go along with the french fries, fried chicken, fried shrimp, hush puppies, and of course fried fish. Naturally the okra is fried as well. But not every meal needs to be good for you.