The Annual Sons of Norway All-You-Can-Eat Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner will be taking place at Norrona Lodge in Van Nuys on Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14. They start serving at 4 and it ends around 8.
In addition to the lutefisk (whose rep is much, much worse that its bite) served with melted butter or white sauce, they serve meatballs, gravy, potatoes, peas, lefse, limpa, knackebrod and dessert (krumkake, cookies and ricecream with berry sauce).
Parking can be tough, since they are in a residential area, but you can park anywhere on the surrounding streets or at Central Lutheran Church, which is at the north-west corner of Victory and Tyrone.
The way it works is that you enter the building and tell them how many people are in your party (they do not take reservations) and pay (they take cash & checks). They then give you a ticket with a number on it. Then the wait begins. They call out numbers as people get up and leave and they get the tables cleared (you have to pay attention). They will also call out if they have space for 2, 3, 4, etc. people if the group with the next numbers will not fit.
But good news! There is a marketplace behind the lodge (you can access it from the parking lot) in which you can purchase lefse, lefse makers, heart waffle irons, other food items, along with other Scandinavian items. But the best thing is Lois Seeger’s Rosemaling. I love Lois. I have known her since I was 5 years old when we lived right around the corner from her and I used to cartwheel to her house. I think they also do a raffle which you do not need to be present for.
There is a bar out back at which you can purchase wine, beer and aquavit.
We always have a great time (this year I will be working it on Friday and eating on Saturday). The lodge members make everything by hand so it is truly homemade "just like oldemor used to make". We will be making Lefse on 10/28 at 6 if anyone is interested in learning how to do it. Please email me at eklundlatyahoo.com for info).
Come try something truly unique that you can tell all your friends about!!
Sons of Norway
14312 Friar St.
Van Nuys, CA 91401