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Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby admin » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:23 pm

Hungry for some Norwegian eats? Forum's own thebookpolice will be stopping by the Lakeview Lutheran Church for its annual lutefisk dinner and bazaar on Friday, November 7. The meal is $15 for adults and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the FF visit planned for around 3 p.m. The church is on 4001 Mandrake Rd, just off Northport on the north side.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:47 pm

There was an old SNL sketch that went like this. Have you ever grabbed something out of the fridge and noticed that it had gone bad? Have you ever then said to your roomie/significant other, "oh, this is spoiled. Smell it."

That's what this invitation is like. Come on! Live a little.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby Shipley » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:18 pm

gotta learn how hype.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:49 pm

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:59 pm

I had a lutefisk virgin sit next to me, but no one else came up and said howdy bookpolice. I ain't mad, 'cause it's still during the work day, but...

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby Shipley » Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:22 pm

I woulda come, really, but it was during that all important final stretch of the work week.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:43 am

Hey Kyle,

How did you find out about lutefisk being specifically exempt from a "toxic substance" in Wisconsin state statues? My father and I are both intensely curious. We think some clerk inserted that as a joke. Do you know any additional history on this?

Incidentally, we used to have it once a year at Christmas time at my grandmother's place until her death about 15 years ago. Believe it or not, I kinda miss it.

The key is, as you mentioned, butter. We went one step further and added the fish as an ingredient with potatoes on a lefse wrap-- basically a Norwegian taco. Mmm...

I guess comfort food knows no bounds.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby TheBookPolice » Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:40 am

I saw a mention of the legality on another blog post somewhere on the Internets, then noticed that it was mentioned in the lutefisk Wikipedia entry all along. The History notes list 1981 and 1983 as the years of legislative activity on the statute. I'll check at work tomorrow on the history of the acts.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby ilikebeans » Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:57 pm

Hey Kyle, any luck at discovering the history of the Lutefisk statute?

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:09 pm

Not as of yet. I've poked around here and there, to no avail. I have one or two more avenues before I start asking around willy-nilly. For you, I will do so tomorrow.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:12 pm

ilikebeans, por vous:

So why would the Wisconsin Legislature, that august and all-knowing body, decide that lutefisk is not a seafood?

The short answer is: We don't know, and no one remembers.

But you can look it up. Section 29.503(1)(d) of the Wisconsin statutes says quite clearly that many things, including crab, lobster, shrimp and a host of other delicacies, are in fact "seafood" under the law, "but not any canned fish or fish known as lutefisk."

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"I don't know," was the answer by DNR attorney Peter Flaherty, "maybe it was half tongue-in-cheek," like the exemption from the toxic substances act. In the 1980s, when the legislature was writing a law to mandate that employers had to warn workers when they were working with hazardous materials, lutefisk was exempted after someone suggested churches would have to warn those cooking the lutefisk that they were at risk.

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Re: Join Fringe Foods and eat lutefisk at Lakeview Lutheran

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:38 am

Heh, fantastic, so it probably was a joke all along, as suspected.

Thanks for finding this for me Kyle, although since it's from the madison.com archives, guess I could have located it myself. :oops:


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