Irish stew is a tradition for helping domestic violence shelter in Elizabethton

John Thompson • Mar 12, 2019 at 9:01 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Annual Shepherd’s Inn St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Inn will be held this Friday, March 15, from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 119 W. F St., Elizabethton.

This meal has been a tradition in Elizabethton for nearly as long as the Shepherd’s Inn has been providing shelter for women and children in need.

This is one of the most important fund raising events for the shelter and also provides a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a delicious meal that includes a full lunch of traditional Irish stew complete with dessert and drink. Leprechauns will provide carry-outs for those with reserved meals and a “dine-in” opportunity is provided without reservations. Also, back by request — meals will be delivered to workplace or home. Phone reservations are required before 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

The Lunch Inn is prepared by the Shepherd’s Inn’s staff, board of directors and advisers and sponsored by Elizabethton’s First Presbyterian Church, Pepsi, Bojangles, Big John’s Closeouts, WBEJ Radio, Save a Lot, Chick-fil-A , Security Federal Bank, Ingles, Northeast Community Credit Union, Food City and the Elizabethton Star.

“We are excited about this year’s Lunch Inn. Folks come from all over the Tri-Cities to enjoy a great Irish meal and support the work of our community’s only emergency shelter for women and their children from domestic violence settings,” Paul Gabinet, The Shepherd’s Inn executive director, said. “Each year, the numbers grow for the meal and folks are so complimentary about the tasty lunch. For those who are on a lunch schedule, our goal is serve immediately so they can return to work timely, or we will deliver two or more meals to the work site.”

Those wishing to get carry-outs or have meals delivered can reserve their lunches by phoning 542-0180 through Thursday, March 14th. Gabinet said those wishing to dine in are not required to reserve a place. but calling ahead will assure seating.

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