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Waffle Shop

Waffle Shop

February 27-April 3, 2020
Tuesdays-Fridays 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

I’ve heard a practical-minded person or two say that he (it’s always a he, it seems) wishes there was a nutrition pill he could wash down with a gulp of tap water for lunch and get on with his work. I sure hope somebody invites this guy to Waffle Shop before it’s too late.

Food is so much more than fuel, my friends. Food is the stuff of culture and friendship and story and ritual and history and a whole lot more than all that. If you don’t agree, I offer the ninety-year-old miracle that is Waffle Shop for your consideration.

Every Lent since 1928, thousands from all over Memphis and beyond stream to Calvary’s kitchen to be nourished in many more ways than one. There is preaching upstairs, of course, which is difficult to find at your average lunch spot and not nearly as appetizing as the Lenten Preaching Series if you do. But there is also the one of a kind buzz of people (almost all of them volunteers) serving other people food their great-great-grandmothers might have made. Waffles, of course, but also tomato aspic and fish pudding and shrimp mousse and a chicken salad I like to call “Where have you been all my life?” for short. Even the names of such dishes evoke old stories, handed down over and again, that you and I are invited to enter as we sit down to lunch with strangers and friends and begin to share stories of our own.

With its delicious food and atmosphere of merriment, the Waffle Shop provides downtowners with a unique lunch, during the season of Lent, while supporting the outreach ministries of congregations throughout the city.  The volunteer-run Waffle Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day of the Lenten Preaching Series. The Waffle Shop menu still features some of the same recipes it has served since its opening in 1928, plus updated choices for the more health-conscious. Come alone or bring your friends. You’ll see people you know, enjoy a tasty lunch, and support the good work of churches and non-profits throughout our city.

In addition to providing a sit-down lunch experience with friendly table service, the Waffle Shop also offers take-out orders.