Bismarck Banquet Continues to Grow

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The Bismarck Banquet been a Thursday tradition for the last decade, and organizers keep making more room at the table.

Sometimes all it takes to help get you back on your feet is a little music and a hot meal.

"I think it's important for a lot of people in need that are looking for a good, delicious, warm meal, hot meal, so this gives them that chance to come inside the church and meet new people," said Matthew Kromberger, banquet attendee.

Over the past 10 years, the Bismarck Banquet has provided hot meals to those who otherwise may not be able to get one.

"A lot of people are transitioning from one state to the other these days and they don't have a place to stay. They don't get a good, round, hot meal; a good nutritious meal. So it's very important for this community," said Karla Eisenbeisz, banquet director.

The meal has grown from serving about 75 people a night when it began, to more than 400 on Thursday.

"It's a great feeling to provide a nice meal, to provide hospitality, to do this well. But they're giving us as much as we're giving them," said Gail Hagerty, south central district judge.

Thursday's meal of pulled pork, fruit salad, coleslaw and ice cream is being served up by Bismarck's lawyers and judges. As for what drives the volunteers, it is seeing smiles and satisfied faces after chowing down.

"It makes our jobs well worth doing what we do. It's very satisfying," Hagerty said.

The banquets take place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The banquet is always looking for new hosts and volunteers. If you'd like to get involved, you can visit