Dining With Denise Neil

St. George's annual Lebanese dinner is this weekend

Even now, the ladies and gents at St. George’s are cooking away.Even as I type this, the talented congregants at St. George’s Orthodox Christian Cathedral are busy at the church assembling backlawa and cooking up kibbe for this weekend’s Lebanese dinner — a longstanding tradition of delciousness at the church.

The dinner offers customers plates (or to-go boxes) of cabbage rolls, kibbe, a rice and green bean dish called ruz and yuknee, salad, pita bread and a serving of sweet, sticky backlawa (the Lebanese version of the Greek's baklava.) It’ll be served from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The dinner is a huge undertaking for the church and attracts more than 5,500 people each year and raises around $90,000.

Dinners are $16 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. While there, visitors also can take a tour of the cathedral and shop in the Country Kitchen, which offers delicious Lebanese fare to-go.

For tickets and information, call 316-636-4676.