Church cancels popular event
After 22 years of hosting the popular St. Anthony’s Salad Luncheon, the ladies of the church group have reluctantly been forced to cancel this year’s luncheon because the Vermilion County Health Department insists all donated salads and desserts be prepared in the parish hall kitchen.
The ladies say that since the inception of the event in the early 1990s that all of the salads and desserts have been prepared at the ladies’ homes and brought to the hall on the day of the luncheon to be served to some 200 or so customers.
The church always has complied with the permit requirements of the health department.
In fact, on many previous occasions the health department inspectors have attended the event and found no violations of any kind!
However, this year the health department has insisted on this “no home preparation” provision supposedly due to a part of the statute that is meant to protect the public health.
To prepare these items with 30 or 40 women all trying to work at once in the same kitchen would be total chaos, to say nothing of the lack of sufficient refrigerator space to store all of the made-up items.
In addition, many of the ladies who donate these items work for a living and wouldn’t have the time to gather all their ingredients and travel to the hall to work in an unfamiliar kitchen.
So, sorry to say, the event must be canceled.
It is too bad that all of the charitable organizations helped in the past from the proceeds of the salad luncheon will have to find another source of revenue.
Incidentally, Vermilion County's health was recently ranked 95th out of 102 counties in Illinois.
It seems that once again political correctness trumps common sense!
Janet Haggerty, Elizabeth Cessna, Shirley Goodrum, Mary Timmons, Judy Putnam, Bonnie J. Manion and Bill Putnam reside in Hoopeston.