Photos by Quinn Welsch/The West Side Journal
he last Lenten dinner at Port Allen’s Knights of Columbus Hall is always the biggest. It might also be the tastiest.
The last Friday before Good Friday, the KC Hall of Port Allen puts together a local favorite: crawfish bisque.
“The Lenten suppers this year were very successful,” said Grand Knight Randy Guidroz. “We were just talking about it this Friday night, we sold 853 plates and 34 containers.”
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. that morning, a pool of KC Hall members and volunteers come together to feed the droves of hungry catholics who line up outside of the doors throughout the evening. But the work begins even earlier than that to craft the bisque.
KC Hall members helped prepare the bisque throughout the week, boiling, stuffing and flash frying them, Guidroz said. Although the Knights of Columbus membership is restricted to men, the preparation and serving could not be done without the help of the wives of the members, Guidroz said.
“Without their help we could not do this,” he said.
The KC Hall averaged about 300-400 fish dinners served each Friday prior, Guidroz said.
There are about 100 members of the Port Allen KC Hall, but many of them are inactive members who can’t attend because of age, Guidroz said.
Increasing the KC Hall’s numbers with new recruits is one of Guidroz’s biggest goals right now; that is when he’s not thinking about the various fundraising efforts at the organization.
The KC Hall holds a number of fundraising events in the community throughout the year, such as the Tootsie Roll drive, which benefits people with mental disabilities at Port City Enterprises. The KC Hall also hosts various fundraisers to help fund scholarships and projects at Holy Family School, Guidroz said.
The crawfish bisque dinner is one of those events that helps fund the KC Hall throughout the year.
“We have a longstanding tradition of doing community projects and just being a vital part of Holy Family School and the city of Port Allen,” said KC Hall Chairman Adrian Genre. “We like to think we make a big difference in the church, the municipality and the parish.”
The organization is a great place for men who want to make an impact in their community, Guidroz said.
“Anybody that’s catholic and they want to join, they can contact me,” he said.