Volunteer parishioners with Our Lady of Perpetual Help are ready for their annual Ash Wednesday Fish Fry.
The event began at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning at OLPH at 5830 Williams Drive.
Volunteers are cooking up fish, shrimp, cole slaw, french fries, hush puppies, and more.
The volunteers say they expect to sell up to 1,400 fried fish plates on Ash Wednesday. And during the entire Lenten season, they will sell approximately 5,000 fish plates during events each Friday.
And every bit of what they prepare is homemade.
"We do 3,000 cups of the tartar sauce," said volunteer Lisa Espinosa. "And then we do 3,000 servings of the cocktail sauce."
Those sauces are added to each plate that's ordered on Ash Wednesday.
Barbara Gavilan is in charge of preparing the fish batter and seasoning. Her recipe has been perfected over the years and it's top secret.
Valerie Commons has been a part of the OLPH Parish since the third grade and she been involved with the fish fry since its beginning back in the 1980s.
The OLPH group even has a designated mascot. A volunteer by the name of Manolo Gavilan will be wearing a fish costume to attract customers during Ash Wednesday.
"For the last few years, I've been eating this fish every year and this fish does taste good," he said. "With this secret recipe this batter makes this fish just incredibly awesome. So I say, come in and eat this fish 'cause once you taste it you'll always have to come back every year."
Fish Fry event info:
Ash Wednesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-8 p.m.
Every Friday til March 23 -- 3-7 p.m.
Our Lady or Perpetual Help
5830 Williams Drive
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