Retro FHFD Chefs

The guys in the kitchen at the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company Pancake Breakfast in the 1970s. Photo/screenshot of fire company yearbook
The guys in the kitchen at the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Company Pancake Breakfast in the 1970s.
Photo/screenshot of fire company yearbook

Seeing the guys cooking in the kitchen for the Fair Haven Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner last week brought back memories of those same guys as youngsters and their dads doing chef duty at the firehouse for many an event.

In this shot, the guys are captured preparing the food for the Pancake Breakfast. For the past 25 years, Angelo has been in charge of the meatball prep for the FHFD Spaghetti Dinner, and the compliments could be heard by many a satisfied guest on Saturday night. But, Janet Lang Sneft reminded us that one of the head meatball makers back in the day was her dad, Bill Lang. He also did a lot of cooking at Stokes.

He’s not in this picture, but Mike Connor is, and he still runs the kitchen at the fair. He was cooking up a storm on Saturday. It is pretty much tradition for the guys to make a lot of the food.

As I recall, a lot of the fire company kids helped run the coat room at special dinner events. I did that and clearly remember being very confused. I think a lot of people went home with the wrong coats.

Memories of special dinners or breakfasts anyone?

— Elaine Van Develde

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