Mansfield Community Church hosts Valentine’s Day progressive dinner

Diners get ready for their second course during the Valentine's Day progressive dinner at the home of Doug and Michele Tanneberg. (Adrienne Douke photo)

Diners get ready for their second course during the Valentine’s Day progressive dinner at the home of Doug and Michele Tanneberg. (Adrienne Douke photo)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

The Mansfield Community Church decided to change it up a little this year by hosting a Valentine’s Day progressive dinner. “We generally have a Thanksgiving progressive dinner, this one is the first we’ve done for Valentine’s Day,” Mansfield Community Church Pastor LeRoy Harshaw said. A lively group of 12 couples and a few singles participated in the event.

The first stop was at Kelsey and Kailee Tanneberg’s home for appetizers. On a rustic wooden table, a spread of artichoke dip, a vegetable tray with dill dip, antipasto skewers, a round of brie cheese topped with fig sauce, and a basket of breads and crackers started the dinner. Several diners commented that, “Although it’s called an appetizer, sometimes it can be a meal in itself.”

The next stop for the second course was at the home of Doug and Michele Tanneberg. Diners were served an elegant meal of lightly spiced chicken wrapped with spinach and cream cheese, a rice- quinoa-couscous medley, glazed carrots and baked rolls.

The progressive dinner concluded at Mansfield Community Church for dessert. “Hombre jello” served in half-pint canning jars was, “Light and easy after a full-course dinner,” Amber Black said. Gluten-free brownies were also served. Valentine pictures were taken of the couples, and a few group shots in front of a themed background of hearts and stars.

“We had a really good time going to the progressive dinner this year, it was a lot of fun to socialize, eat and have fun as a church family,” Harshaw said.

Nancy Harshaw reflected that, “We enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day as a re-emphasis on God’s Law concerning the honoring of marriage, and remembering that it’s not about us, it’s about God and His love for us, and his special gift of marriage.”

 

A group shot of the ladies taken at the Mansfield Community Church Valentine's Day progressive dinner Feb. 14. Back row, from left, Phyllis Herringshaw, Michele Tanneberg, Kailee Tanneberg and Pam Matthiesen; in front, Jeanette Cavadini and Amber Black. (Adrienne Douke photo)

A group shot of the ladies taken at the Mansfield Community Church Valentine’s Day progressive dinner Feb. 14. Back row, from left, Phyllis Herringshaw, Michele Tanneberg, Kailee Tanneberg and Pam Matthiesen; in front, Jeanette Cavadini and Amber Black. (Adrienne Douke photo)