Church Dinners. This is the first page that I did on the Web more than 15 years ago to keep track of church chicken dinners in the area. I hope to keep adding to it and to keep the information as current as I can.

When I was a boy, my parents would load my sister and me into the car and take us to a Sunday chicken dinner at one of the churches in southeastern Indiana. When I was old enough to resist, such trips ended for me. Now, as I become my father, there has been a rediscovery. This isn't such a bad idea after all. In fact, it's one of the best deals around.   

Southeastern Indiana has a number of small Catholic churches in the rural areas. During the summer, most have a festival where the main feature is the "family-style" or cafeteria-style chicken dinner. For family style meals, at about $10 a person, you will be seated at a large table with other families and be served deep fried chicken and all the fixin's in large bowls. As you empty the bowls and platters, more is served. The price includes the drink and dessert. About half the time, the desserts are home made. Cafeteria-style dinners are served as you proceed through a line receiving all your food at once (usually there are a couple of items, such as slaw and sliced tomatoes, on the table.) Many times, you will find pleasant companions at the table and be reminded of a simpler, more friendly way of life.

What time is it? Dinners in Indiana were sometimes marked as Slow Time or Fast Time because some areas did not recognize Daylight Savings time. In 2006 the Indiana legislature changed this to place the entire state on Daylight Savings Time (EDT) so you can now forget about fast and slow times.

I have built the following small index of these church dinners and encourage you to try one of them on a summer day. They are mainly located in Indiana and, on average, within 45 minutes of western Cincinnati. When  I confirm the time with the church, I will change the date to a blue script to indicate the new year. Typically, each church has its dinner on the same (1st., 2nd., 3rd., etc.) Sunday of the given month. I hope to add to this list of church dinners and to make corrections and fill in some of the missing information (I also want to continue adding pictures of the churches and entries to my video-diary). I know that the list is not complete and would really like to fill in some of the open weeks. If you have information to share on these church dinners, please contact me at cheilmann@fuse.net

New Chicken Dinner Videos by Carl  Started Sept. 2008 -- Click Here So far, St John Dry Ridge, St. Peter near Brookville
Aug. 2009: Added St. Paul and St. Pius  
Check it out

Also 2009: Cedar Grove Firemen, St. Michael
Chicken Dinner Diary                  (Started May 20, 2002)   -- Click Here
Chicken Dinner Summary Page  -- Click Here    
  Cincinnati Enquirer Video St. Paul          (Aug. 23, 2006 -- Click Here    
  Cincinnati Enquirer Turtle Soup              (Aug. 16, 2006) -- Click Here         
  Cincinnati Enquirer Article Revisited       (July 23, 2004) -- Click Here           
Cincinnati Enquirer Article Main Part       (Aug. 22, 2001) -- Click Here          
Cincinnati Enquirer Article Carl Part        (Aug. 22, 2001) -- Click Here          

Cincinnati Enquirer Article Original         (Aug. 13, 2000)

-- Click Here    

Church Dinner Listings Follow                                      This page was last updated on March 18, 2014

Note: If you know the current dinner price, send me an email and I will update the Web page entry.   Thanks!

       I will try to keep the information current, at least a month in advance  (confirmed dates are written in blue).

Date

Time

Church

Town

Directions

Good Things

Comments

March 10, 2013
Sunday

No dinner in 2014
1-6 p.m. EDT

Carry-Out 1-6

St. Ann

(513) 521-8440

8, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. mass EST
Cincinnati, OH

(community of Groesbeck)

2900 W. Galbraith Rd.

From I-74, Exit 18 to Colerain .2 mi., R Beekman .2 mi., L Colerain 4.6 mi., R Galbraith .3 mi.
Chicken fried by experienced Cedar Grove firemen,
special slaw recipe from St. Paul's at New Alsace
Cafeteria Style
$11 & $5 ('13)
chicken, potatoes/gravy, corn/green beans, slaw, rolls, drink, dessert, hourly raffle and kids activities.
Saturday

April 26, 2014




Saturday
4 - 7:30 EDT St. Maurice
812-852-4394 (Arlene Gehl)

Sat. mass 6 p.m. EST

(every
Saturday)
 
Ripley County

Napoleon IN
I-74 Batesville exit, south to cross IN-46, State Rd. 229 (12.5 mi. fr I-74)
        OR
I-74 New Point exit to County Rd. 850 to cross IN-46 for 7 mi. (becomes Cty. Rd. 350W)
All-you-can-eat Smorgasbord, serve yourself buffet style

Opening 2013 in the new Parish Center

Buffet style,
$10  & $4('14)  Turkey, dressing, roast beef, meat loaf, spaghetti, veggies, salads, home made desserts

Home-made quilt raffle

June 2, 2013
always 1st.  Sunday in June

11:00 - 1:30 EDT 

St. John’s United Church of Christ  

Service 9:30
Normally 10:30

812-
623-3410

Penntown – Sunman IN (near the Old Brick tavern)

I-74 Sunman exit, 101 South, next street past 4-way stop at 101 and 46 (1300 N)

This almost seemed like a covered dish dinner; Edith liked the various salads on the table.

Proceeds to benefit the Cemetery Fund

Cafeteria style, $ no fixed price - donation, with chicken, potato salad, noodles, homemade dessert. Tables had homemade salads and chicken refills.

June 2, 2013
always 1st.  (or 2nd. Sunday in
June  -- varies
12 - 7 p.m. EDT Queen of Peace

(513) 863-4344 

 

Millville OH I-275 to Colerain, Rt. 27 to Millville Rd., go right for 1/2 mi. Noodles and home made deserts.
Air-conditioned.
Family style, $ ('07)
Festival Fri., Sat., Sun.
Band Sat 7-11, Sun 4-8.
Sat. at 11 for fireworks.
(Added 2001)
June 9, 2013
always 2nd. full weekend in June
(was 1st. weekend in 2003?)
12 – 6 p.m.
EDT
Assumption

(513) 521-
7274

8, 9:30, 11 a.m. mass, EDT
Mt. Healthy OH I-275 to Mt. Healthy exit, South on Hamilton, East on Adams to 7711 Joseph St. Green beans w. ham, home made deserts and No. 1 slaw (per Wm. Macke) . Air conditioned Family style, $ ('02)
Festival Fri., Sat., Sun.
Band Sat 7-11, Sun 4-8.
Sat. at 11 for fireworks.
(Added 2001)
Changed month -- was June in 2012

It's July in
2013
  St. Lawrence 812-537-3992 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. masses  Lawrenceburg  IN US-50 West    
             

June 23, 2013
 



Can be 3rd. or 4th. Sunday in June

11 - 6

St Nicholas 

812-212- 4828      --Marilee Quick

812-623-2964 ------Parish

 10:30 a.m. mass,

Sunman IN

I-74 Sunman exit, left, SR 101 South into Sunman, cross RR tracks, turn right and follow signs (approx. 3 miles.)

Country fried chicken, noodles, homemade pies, great mock turtle soup, and friendly people. Charlie Lipps' favorite.

Buffet style, all-you-can-eat $10 ('13)(refills at serving area) carryout $8. This was our first church dinner and always seems special. Went to mass and then dinner. Homemade cakes, quilts, jellies; games & raffles; handicap access.
 

June 23, 2013

always weekend after Father's Day  

11:30 a.m. St. John The Baptist (513) 367-9086 Harrison OH I-74 to Harrison OH to 110 N. Hill St. Specially raised chicken, everything is home made. Air-conditioned. Line moved pretty fast. Good chicken and good gravy. Family style chicken and home fried. It’s in the older section of Harrison. $ (’01). Pulled pork sandwiches (special sauced) Fri.& Sat. are large and juicy and tend to sell out early.

June 30, 2013

Changed to always last Sunday in June (was 1st. Sunday in July)

 

10:30 - 3:30 

St. Maurice 812-852-4237 10 a.m. mass, 

Decatur County IN

I-74 to Exit 143 to County Rd. 850 N.

We never went here but will someday. They seem like nice folks.

Cafeteria Style,

July 14, 2013

Was June in 2012
It's July in
2013

11 - 7  St. Lawrence 812-537-3992 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. masses  Lawrenceburg  IN US-50 West to Lawrenceburg at top of Walnut St. Close to Cincinnati, near the riverboat. Home of my aunt Bernadine and uncle Henry Groh. Juicy chicken Family style, $9.00 ('11). It's right at the top of Walnut St. Good chicken, dressing and homemade desserts.

It's Sunday only in 2013

July 21, 2013
always 3rd.
Sunday July

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

St. John The Baptist 812-576-4302 10 a.m. mass EDT

Dover IN

I-74, St. Leon exit, 2 miles South on Rt. 1

Slaw refills on the table.

New Air Conditioning
for 2007

Cafeteria style. $10  (’10) Pat Harper says they have the best home-made pies and cole slaw, 4 pieces of chicken. Historic church and parish; they pride themselves on friendliness. Entertainment.

Saturday July 27, 2013 always last Saturday in July

Added 2013

4-8 p.m. Blooming Grove Firemen's Festival Blooming Grove IN I-74, Brookville Exit, N 14 mi. through Brookvile. L on IN 6 mi to Blooming Grove, left at flashing light Good home-made gravy Cafeteria style, $10 ('13) workers will bring seconds if requested, home-made desserts Friday night 5-8 for a pork chop dinner

Saturday July 27, 2013


Saturday

5:30 - 8 p.m. 

St. Martin 812-623-3408 (812) 487-2846, mass 4:30 p.m.  Saturday

Yorkville IN

(Note that St. Martin and St. Paul are affiliated)

RT. 1 to Guilford, follow Yorkridge Rd.

Pulled pork, unlimited salad bar, home made deserts. Inside dining  AC and outside dining available

Originally was prime rib and recently changed to pulled pork

Sunday July 28, 2012 always
4th weekend
in July.

11:30 - 5

St. Martin mass 10:30 a.m.  Sunday

Yorkville IN

RT. 1 to Guilford, follow Yorkridge Rd.

Juicy half chicken, slaw and apple sauce on the table Inside dining AC and outside dining available.

Sunday, Cafeteria style, $10 ('12) adults,  went to mass before dinner, pretty church.

Saturday

Aug.3, 2013
always first Fri.-Sat.
in August 
3:30 to 8:30    St. Leon Firemen's Festival 

Fire House 812-576-3351
Church (812) 576-3336
St. Leon IN I-74, St. Leon exit, Rt. 1 N. for just a few miles St. Joseph, (100 yards up the street,) has no chicken dinner but the fire department does and is mainly made up of parishioners. Family style
$10 ('12)
$7 Child Good chicken, homemade desserts, good brown gravy.
(Also fish fry on Friday 5 - 8:30 EDT.)   
Aug. 4, 2013
always 1st. Sunday in August
11 - 7 EDT St.Aloysius (513) 738-1014 mass 10 a.m. EDT (normally 11 a.m.) Shandon OH SR 128 to Ross then West on SR 126 (Cincinnati- Brookville Rd.) for about 5 miles. Fresh corn cut from the cob, noodles, fresh green beans, AC Family style, $11   ('12). In our top three, 12-12:30 is good time to beat the crowd.
Aug 4, 2013
always 1st. Sunday in August
  11 - 3

 

S. John Lutheran Church
10 a.m. service

812-623-2777

Dolores 812-623-2876

Hubbell's Corner IN

12523 N. Dearborn Rd.

3 mi. east of Sunman

I-74 to St. Leon exit, IN-1, left on IN-46 4.5 mi. left to Lawrenceville Rd. 3 mi. right on N. Dearborn
.5 mi.
Some salads on table, real dishes and silverware AC, Quilt- other raffles

Also pork tenderloin in April and November cod dinner

Buffet Style $ Donation
Fried chicken,  dressing, beans, slaw, cucumber salad,  homemade desserts

Aug. 11, 2013
always 2nd. Sunday in August

 11 – 4 EDT

St Paul 812-623-1094 mass 9 a.m. EDT

New Alsace IN

I-74 to St. Leon exit, left Rt. 1 right on North Dearborn Rd.

Was featured in Enquirer article.
Sat. night pork tenderloin dinner, music.

Family style, $12 & 6 ('12) friendly waitresses, nice large hall, bread dressing like my Mom made.

Aug.11, 2013
Always 2nd. weekend August
 
1-7 EDT St. Joseph 859-341-6609 Masses 8, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. EDT Crescent Springs KY I-75 to Buttermilk Pk. exit, West for 1/2 mi. Four generations of the Noll family have been frying chicken since 1955. Cafeteria style, $1/4 chicken, $ 1/2 ('04) with mashed potatoes, beans, slaw, home-made desserts (also roast beef.)

Aug. 18, 2013
always 3rd. wknd in August

11:30- 6 EDT

St. John The Baptist (of Dry Ridge) (513) 385-8010 mass 8:30, 11 a.m.

Colerain Twp. Cincinnati

Dry Ridge Rd. off Colerain Ave. near I-275

Fresh corn cut from the cob, cucumber salad, noodles, AC

Family style, $12 ('13). In our top three, line moves pretty fast.
First time I saw a drive-thru for take-out chicken.

Aug. 18, 2013
always 3rd. Sunday in August

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

St. Pius 812-689-4244

10:30 a.m. mass

Ripley County
IN, 6 miles southwest of Sunman

I-74 to Sunman exit 156, 101S for 6 mi. to IN 48W, right for 4.5 mi. to the country road 500E, turn left to church, which is less than a mile

Served ˝ chicken hot & juicy, good milk gravy, great slaw with a touch of creaminess. This year they served a small bowl of gizzards.

2009 -- 150th. Anniversary Family style, $ ('09). Homemade cakes, fresh tomatoes, carryout mock turtle soup. Quilt raffles, games; country setting surrounded by farm fields.

Saturday

Aug. 24, 2013 always 4th. Sat. in August

4 - 7 p.m. 

Fire Dispatch Center (765) 647-5555

Cedar Grove Firemen -- 

Holy Guardian Angel Church 765-647-6981

6 p.m. Sat. mass 

Cedar Grove IN

I-74 Brookville exit, US 52 North

Fresh tomatoes, slaw, beans.

Guardian Angel church, 100 yards up the street, has no chicken dinner but the fire department is mainly made up of parishioners.

Cafeteria style with slaw and tomatoes on the table $  ('09). Cedar Grove firemen hold this festival. Fish dinner on Friday night, 5 - 8 p.m. EST.

Sunday Sept. 1, 2013

always Sunday before Labor Day

11 -5 EST St. John the Evangelist Church
812-934-2880
8 a.m. mass EST
Enochsburg IN I-74 New Point St. Maurice exit (one exit west of Batesville), right and right at Base Rd. Slaw and juicy red tomatoes. Chicken was hot from the fryer. Cafeteria style with slaw and tomatoes on the table $  ('02). Three pieces of chicken, beans corn, bread- dressing, potatoes.
Sunday Sept. 1 2013

always Sunday before Labor Day
East side

11:30 - 7

Added 8/18/06

 

St. Angela    Merici Fayetteville OH
Held on grounds of St. Patrick
130  Lake St.
I-275 to exit 59B to US 50E (Hillsboro exit),
20 miles to Fayetteville, right on Russell, right on E. Lake
1/2 fried chicken Cafeteria style, $8 ('12) Chicken or roast beef, corn and beans, slaw and tomatoes on the table. Lots of deserts

Monday Sept. 2 2013

always Labor Day

10:45-2:30 

St. Peter's Church 812-623-3670 

Call Mon. & Thur. 9-2 for reservations

then pick them up on Labor Day an hour before  reservation. time.

St. Peter IN

(rural Brookville area)

I-74, St. Leon exit right (N) to SR 46, left (W) about 5 mi. to St. Peter's Rd. Turn right and follow signs about 3 miles

Labor Day, beautiful country setting in a very rural area.

Family style, $10  ('13). Lots of people, go early; reservations are indicated. Good chicken, home made slaw and desserts. Lunch stand with turtle soup. Hand-made quilts plus raffles & games.

Monday Sept. 2, 2012

always Labor Day

11-4:30 

St. Anthony of Padua
812-623-3670

Monday mass at 8 a.m. 

Morris IN

I-74 to IN-101 exit, 101 south, west on IN-46 for 4-5 miles

Dressing with raisins, fresh- tasting slaw, good chicken. Air Conditioned.

Cafeteria style, $10 ('11). Fried chicken or roast beef, dressing, coleslaw, potatoes and gravy, green beans and home-baked desserts. Lunch stand with famous turtle soup, quilts, games, booths.

Saturday

Sept 7, 2013 always 2nd. Saturday in Sept.
4:30-7:30 EDT Mace-
donia
Christian Church (513) 738-2153 (call Sun. a.m.)
Okeana, OH I74 New Haven Rd. Exit, right  then left at Carolina Trace, right on New Bidd’nger (becomes California Rd. at Butler Co.) It was interesting to have “supper” served at the table twice (platters, bowls served and served again later). Family style, $ ('03), with chicken, mashed potatoes-gravy, beans, slaw, desert and drink.
A/C added in 2012
Sept. 8, 2013

always first weekend after Labor Day

11 am - 3 pm

Carry-out  until 8 pm

St Michael 765-647-5462
 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. mass 
Brookville IN I-74 Brookville exit, US52 to Brookville
354 High St.
(Great) home made noodles and desserts. Air Conditioned and handicap accessible. Arts & crafts, booths, bingo. Homemade quilts and baskets Sunday Family style $10.00 (‘13) Pan fried chicken (most church dinners serve deep fried chicken). Saturday, 4 – 8 p.m., smoked pork chop supper.

Sept. 8, 2013
always 2nd. Sunday in Sept.

10:30 – 1:30

St. John’s United Church of Christ 812- 623-3410 Worship 9:30 slow time

Penntown – Sunman
IN (near the Old Brick tavern)

I-74 Sunman exit, 101 South, next street past 4-way stop at 101 and 46 (1300 N)

Also a dinner in early June

Cafeteria style for chicken, vegetables and potatoes, but other items are on the tables $8, $4 kids.. Garden items come from church members. Home made bread and pies.

Sept. 15, 2013 always 3rd. Sunday in Sept.

11 am

St. Louis 812-934-3204 masses 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00

Batesville IN

I-74 Batesville Exit, go straight into town

Nice variety of food.  served in large new building with AC.
Good memories, took our two boys here.

Cafeteria Style refills avail. $10-$5 ('12) Good slaw, tomatoes, desserts, other,  There is a country store with baked goods and crafts plus raffles and booths, turtle soup too.

Oct. 6, 2013 always 1st. Sunday in Oct.

10- 3

Holy Family masses at 8 and 10 a.m.

812-934-4165 (Theresa Bedel)

Oldenberg IN

 

I-74 W. to Batesville exit, 229 to church

We never went here, want to some day. Early is least crowded.

Handmade quilts games.

Rolling hills, beautiful fall colors.

Cafeteria style, chicken or roast beef, some items on table.   turtle soup, home made noodles and dessert, friendly service, baked goods.

Oct. 6, 2013
Always 1st. Sunday in October.

11 - 4 
 

(Church dinner started in the year 2000)

Sunday Service  9:00 am

 

Klemme's Corner United Church of Christ 

812-576-3143
Jeri Montag

Klemme's Corner IN

11001 Bossert Rd.
 (rural Brookville
area)
I-74 St. Leon exit right (N) to St. Peters Rd., left 2.5 mi. to Highland Center Rd, turn right then 2.2 mi Grand Fellowship Hall, air conditioned, good access, share St. John-Dover frying team.
180 year old church,
Cafeteria style $10 ('12), Fried chicken, slaw, potatoes and gravy, beans, desserts and some items on table. Quilts, bake and craft sale, kid's games, pumpkin patch ride
Friday October 2, 2009
always last Friday in Sept. or?
Evening,
5-10 p.m.
 
St. Nicholas 812-623-2894 (Ken Hountz) Sunman IN I-74 Sunman exit, left, SR 101 South to Sunman, cross RR tracks, turn right and follow signs Friendly people. Mock turtle soup, plus fish, roast beef or grilled chicken sandwiches.

Church is closing in 2013 I'm so sorry that I didn't receive and share  that information in time

 Oct. 13, 2013 always 2nd. Sunday in Oct.

11-4

St. Mary Of The Rock 812-934-4165  

St Mary IN

I-74 to exit 156 (Sunman-Milan), right for a short distance then left at Y in the road to St. Mary Rd., go about 5 miles to the church

Good turkey and slaw 

Turkey, Cafeteria style , slaw, desserts and more. Pretty setting, cemetery. Visit church to view the special millennium cross. 

Saturday

Oct. 19, 2013
always third Saturday in October

Added Oct. 2006

4-7 p.m. EST
|
5 p.m. Mass
St. Charles Catholic Church

812-654-2009
Milan IN I--74 to exit 156 (Sunman-Milan)to IN-101 W to town, cross RR tracks, turn at Laundromat

-- Behind Milan firehouse
Country store, Raffle with home-sewn quilt, afghans, $500 cash, Colts tickets, trip
Free pony rides for kids
Cafeteria style, $10 and $4 ('12), Roast pork, with potatoes, homegrown corn, sweet potatoes, green beans, homemade applesauce and desert
Oct. 20, 2013
always third Sunday in October

Added
9-29-09

10:30 - 1:30 St. Jacobs UCC

29959 Blue Creek Rd.

812-623-3410

St. Leon IN (rural Brookville area) I-74, St. Leon exit right (N) to SR 46, left (W) about 5 mi. to St. Peter's Rd. Turn right, in 2 miles left on N. County Rd, then left on Blue Creek
 
J. D. rates it high

 

I'll need to get more information

Turkey dinner
 

Nov 3,
2013
Sunday
always 1st. weekend in November

 

11-5 EST St. John The Baptist 812-576-4302 10 a.m. mass EDT   Dover IN   I-74, St. Leon exit, 2 miles south on Rt. 1   Craft show in 12 room schoolhouse, Saturday (9-4) and Sunday. Cafeteria style. $10  (’10) Pat Harper says they have the best home-made pies and cole slaw, 4 pieces of chicken.
Nov. 3, 2013
Sunday

always 1st.. weekend  November
Change
2013
11:30 EST St. Aloysius

(513) 738-1014
Shandon OH SR 128, W. at Ross, about 5 miles All you can eat turkey Family style, $10  & $5 child ('10). Turkey and all the fixin's
             
Saturday
 
Nov. 9, 2013

always 2nd. Saturday in November

 
4:00-7:30 EST

 

St. Maurice
812-852-4394 (Arlene Gehl)

Saturday mass 6 p.m. EST
Napoleon IN

Ripley County
I-74 Batesville exit, south to cross IN-46, State Rd. 229 (12.5 mi. fr I-74)
        OR
I-74 New Point exit to County Rd. 850 to cross IN-46 for 7 mi. (becomes Cty. Rd. 350W)
All-you-can-eat Smorgasbord, serve yourself buffet style.

We went and enjoyed it.

Also held in early April.

New parish center 2012

Buffet style,
$10 & $4 ('13) Turkey, dressing, roast beef, meat loaf, spaghetti, veggies, salads, sour kraut, German potato salad home made desserts

Saturday

Nov. 9, 2013
always 2nd. Saturday in November

4:30-7:30 EST

Mace-
donia
Christian Church (513) 738-2153 (call Sun. a.m.)

Okeana, OH

I-74 New Haven exit, right  then left at Carolina Trace, right on New Bidd’nger (becomes California Rd. at Butler Co.)

Just added in September 2000.

Turkey supper, 
$ ('01)
Turkey, dressing, mash potatoes, green beans, cranberries, slaw, pie and drink.

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