The San Marco Knights of Columbus Fish Fry opens for the 2016 season on Friday, February 5th at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, 14 years after its inaugural dinner.
For the second year in a row, every Friday through March, the Knights will serve their in-house seasoned Atlantic Cod filets, which became instantly popular when it was introduced last year. The half-pound portion of fish is baked or fried to perfection and served along with French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and butter, and dessert. Coffee and tea are included and bottled water, soda, wine and beer is available for purchase. Tickets cost $12 per meal (adults) and are available at the door. Meals for children under 12 years of age are only $5.
The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry was the brainchild of the former San Marco Catholic Church pastor Father Eugene McCarthy in 2002. The former pastor wanted the dinners to raise money for a new parish hall. Fourteen years ago, Past Grand Knight Joe Granda teamed up with Knights’ Joe DiSalvo (who moved to Orlando), and Paul Kutcher (who now lives in Tampa), to serve fish and French fries to 105 Marco Islanders who turned out for the initial event. In recent seasonsthe Knights have served as many as 905 meals in one evening. Grand Knight John Caltabiano says, “with the popularity of cod and the heavy influx of visitors this should be a great year.”
The first Fish Fry occurred in the old parish hall, which was ultimately torn down and replaced with the existing structure. Current pastor Father Tim Navin says he is proud that the meals and the hall act as means of bringing the parish and the Marco Island community together.
Past Grand Knight Ben Farnsworth inaugurated take-outs for Knights’ meals during his tenure in 2014. Some nights, take-outs now account for as many as 100 meals. Simply arrive at the Parish Hall, go to the carryout desk and place your order. You will be heading home with your meal in less than five minutes.
The doors open at 4:30 PM for early birds and the Knights serve until 7 PM. As always, the women of the Knights, the Columbiettes, are a mainstay in the dining room helping to seat guests and serve. There will be a Fish Fry held every Friday evening through March 18, 2016 at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Hall, 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island. For more information, contact Ben Farnsworth at 239 394-6105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.