It's time for another installment of On the Road With Doug, only this time I didn't go very far. Fundraisers happen all the time for local churches. Some really step out of the box or fill a niche that when you mention it, you instantly think of that church. That certainly applies to the Immanuel United Church of Christ, at 418 West 4th Street, who had their 13th Annual German Dinner on Saturday (October 27).

German food is one type of food that is not a normal dish in Sedalia restaurants, so I look forward to this event each year, along with the family. If you missed out on this event, check out this menu: Sauerbraten, German potato salad, sauerkraut and Polish sausage, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade applesauce, green beans, beets, hot rolls, salads, German Chocolate pie, pecan pie and more. I ate everything on my plate, including the vegetables.

The people that attend this church go all out for this event, whether it be greeting you at the door with a smile, guiding you from the entrance to the downstairs dining hall or helping you dish up the food, take it to your table and clear it.  The whole church from the youth and up get involved.

In addition to the dinner, there is a country store where you can buy candles, more homemade desserts and even Christmas gifts home. We never leave empty handed and took some homemade bread with us home.

Most of this food is made from scratch.  They donate the proceeds from the food to the Open Door Food Pantry, church youth programs and other needs of the Immanuel United Church of Christ.

I love to socialize there since I see many families return time and time again to this event.  One of my favorite things is to see the first timers, who often say they wish they had come before and they plan to come again.

Thumbs up to all involved and keep this great tradition up at the Immanuel United Church of Christ!