“It varies with the different dishes. We try to keep it mild to medium,” she said.
Still, there is an option for those who want more fire.
“We always have some kind of a hot chutney,” said Kiernan.
The dinner is made possible by about ten different volunteers, whom Kiernan refers to as the Fly Creek Chefs. She says that each volunteer, including herself, donates a dish to the meal. All dishes are homemade, and after the dinner has been completed, the volunteers get to eat.
“We sit down and eat all the leftovers,” said Kiernan.
Although some of the volunteers have been to India before, Kiernan has not. She says that she hadn’t been very familiar with Indian food until an Indian woman started cooking Indian meals every Friday at a Bed and Breakfast in Cooperstown that she used to own.
Each of the fundraiser’s two seatings can hold forty people. Kiernan says there is still space available, although the event has sold out in the past.
“We generally get between 70 and 80 people,” said Kiernan.
Kiernan says that they hope to raise between $1,200 and $1,400 this year. All money will be donated to the Fly Creek Methodist Church.
One person who hasn’t been before, but is excited to attend the fundraiser, is Fly Creek Methodist Church’s new pastor, Sharon Rankins-Burd, who started last July.
“I am so looking forward to this,” said Rankins-Burd, who added that she has heard many good things about the event.
For reservations, email Kiernan at email@example.com.