When something has been going on for 88 years in town, you need to be in the know.
Especially when it involves food.
Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church Dayton, which takes place Nov. 14-17, falls into this category.
Here are a dozen details to know about one of the best food events in November.
1) It's popular.
Between 1,600 and 2,000 people attend this event every November at Christ Church in downtown Dayton.
2) It's affordable.
Waffles, sausage, soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, crafts and a white elephant sale are all on the menu. You can eat well for under $10.
3) You are eating for a good cause.
Waffle Shop profits are given back to the community through a number of grants that are awarded every spring. In 2016 Waffle Shop gave over $20,000 in grants to local organizations involved in feeding, clothing and providing essential services to people in need within the Miami Valley, so you are eating for a deliciously good cause.
4) It's turning 88.
Waffle Shop began in November 1929.
5) They are creative with batter.
Last year the Waffle Shop team introduced mashed potato waffles which were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G —and gluten free to boot.
6) You can search for treasure.
In addition to the lunch there is also a rummage sale called Elsie’s Attic. Elsie was a former church parishioner who coordinated the rummage sale for many years. After her death it was named in her memory. There are also fantastic homemade baked goods and poinsettias for sale.
7) There's entertainment.
Each day features a celebrity waffle maker and local musicians, so there's always something to look at.
8) There is carry-out dining.
Head to http://daytonchristepiscopal.com/waffle-shop and download the fax sheet and get your order to go.
9) Different soups are featured on each day.
Tuesday is chicken noodle, Wednesday is 15 bean soup made with beef stock, Thursday is vegetable beef, Friday is French Market and every day is a potato soup day.
10) Arrive hungry.
Save room and finish your meal off with a piece of pie. Apple, cherry lemon meringue, pumpkin and chocolate slices will run you $2.50 each.
11) It's flavorful.
The sausage is a special mix you can only find at Waffle Shop. Order extra and take them home to freeze for an upcoming breakfast or, if you are like us, breakfasts.
12) Call ahead.
Larger groups can call to “reserve” a table for their group to come have lunch together.
When the menu is waffles, sausages, soups, sandwiches and pies you know you can't go wrong. Head to Waffle Shop early in the week and don't be surprised to find yourself back there a few days later.
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WANT TO GO?
What: Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church Dayton
Where: 20 West First Street, Dayton
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14-17
More info: 937-223-2239 or http://daytonchristepiscopal.com/waffle-shopView full experience