Lutefisk dinner is Dec. 14

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Sons of Norway, Nortun Lodge hosts its annual lutefisk dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, for $20 per ticket. Tickets sell out quickly, so contact Kathy@nordiccenterduluth.org to make a reservation.

Whether it's called "lutefisk" in Norwegian and Icelandic, "ludefisk" in Danish, "lutfisk" in Swedish or "lipeäkala" in Finnish, it all boils down to fish soaked in lye. Yes, lye, the highly dangerous industrial chemical for unclogging drains, is used to prepare a Christmas delicacy savored by Viking descendants. In the Midwest, home of many Nordic Immigrants, the lutefisk dinner represents a tradition that connects people to their culture and heritage.

For those who don't like lutefisk, there will be fresh cod and Swedish meatballs with lingonberries. There will also be warm rice pudding for dessert, homemade lefse and Scandinavian Christmas cookies. The meal will be accompanied by live Nordic music and dancing.