At the end of last week’s craziness, the First Church community gathered to sample a variety of home cooking
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (March 18, 2020) – Sandy Hamer estimated the crowds were smaller than usual at last Friday’s Taste of First at First Church PCA. In prior years, the First Church foyer has been full even before the doors opened at 5:00pm, and certain dishes sold out within the first 30 minutes of sampling.
This year, the Taste of First opened on the heels of Governor Pritzker’s March 13 announcement closing all schools in Illinois, which followed his March 12 recommendation to avoid gatherings of more than 250 people, which followed a March 10 news release announcing the first coronavirus cases outside Chicago and Cook County.
As the organizer of the event, Hamer normally sees “about 200” participants, and with such short notice she felt she had no choice but to go ahead with it. Dozens of people prepare entrees, sides, and desserts for each year’s Taste, and dozens of participants enjoy socializing over the rich variety of homemade specialties.
This year’s event saw a good turnout and a brisk business in spite of the surrounding uncertainties.
This was the 11th annual Taste of First. First Church PCA is located at the northwest corner of Ridge Road and Burnham Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.