Instead of a recipe this month but continuing on with the food theme, I thought I would share this lovely menu card for the annual dinner of the Fireside Club of St. David’s Presbyterian Church (became part of the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint David in Saint John, N.B.). The Fireside Club was a young adult group which met together to engage in debates; put on plays; listen to lectures on a variety of topics; and of course enjoy some refreshments. It seems as if their annual dinner was a longstanding tradition. All I can say is bring on the hollandaise sauce!

The Fireside Club members went all out for their dinner! As you can see from this excerpt from the treasurer’s book, they printed menu cards like the one above and hired a pianist. Each member who attended the dinner paid $1.15 which would be approximately $26.00 in today’s dollars.

Fireside Club finances 1913

Has anyone from the Saint John area heard of Bonds Restaurant? If so, please reply in the comments. It would be neat to know if this restaurant had been in existence long enough for someone to remember it!

The Archives holds minutes of the Fireside Club from 1908-1933 along with annual reports; programmes of events; membership dues; and newspaper clippings about meetings.