Mystery Supper Menu

Below, the menu items for the Amish youth mystery supper, courtesy of Don Curtis. Some of these were pretty tough. How did you do?

1. Hygiene Essential – water
2. Colorful Downfall – mixed fruit salad
3. Healthy Rollups – dinner rolls
4. Variety Pack – broccoli and veggie salad
5. Point of Decision – fork
6. Pigs Disgrace – meatloaf
7. Foreign Fundraiser – Italian herbed potatoes (the youth raise potatoes every year as a fundraiser and they had Italian herbs on them)
8. Payroll Overtime Record – a napkin
9. Grassy Snappers – green beans
10.  Fire Starter – a toothpick
11.  Dieters Downfall – a spoon
12.  Prickly Riser – a filled raspberry raised roll
13.  Best Friend in a Jam – knife

Don adds:

I’m sure they all had a good time.  I know Mark did.  He said that he did pretty well.  He got his knife and fork in the first course so that set him up pretty well. He said the others were disappointed because they hoped he’d end up will food all over himself and in his beard.

If you want to know what Mark ordered here is the list he filled out, followed by what he got:

First Course:
13—-Best Friend in a Jam—–knife
1—–Hygiene Essential—–water
5—-Point of Decision—-fork
12—–Prickly Riser—–raspberry jam filled roll
10—-Fire Starter—-toothpick

Second Course:
2—-Colorful Downfall—-mixed fruit salad
6—-Pigs’ Disgrace—-meatloaf
8—-Payroll Overtime Record—-paper napkin
7—-Foreign Fundraiser—-Italian herbed potatoes

Third Course:
11—Dieters Downfall—-spoon
3—-Healthy Rollups—-dinner rolls
4—-Variety Pack—-broccoli veggie salad
9—-Grassy Snappers—-green beans

Mark said there were several young married couples there that served as the waiters.  They’d pick up your list which had your name on it and deliver your plate to you with what you had ordered for that course on it.  Mark said he thought the waiters had as much fun as the young folks.  The boy next to Mark was trying to eat his hot foods with the lid off of his nut cup.  Ha!

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    1. Slightly-handled-Order-man

      Good Amish Eats

      As stern as the Amish are made out to be, this shows that they have a fun silly side to them.

      I don’t think I would have done so well if I were a guest for the first time at a Mystery Supper.

    2. How fun! Mark did well. I find it fascinating that Pig’s Disgrace translates to Meatloaf. Disgrace=Loaf 🙂

    3. Donna Godfrey

      Mystery Meals

      I grew up Mennonite and we had these often….They are a lot of fun. I still have the menus we used and actually have my moms from when they did them and she is 91….Good memories to be sure!

      1. Laura in Lancaster

        More Menus?

        Donna if you have those and would be willing to share, I would love to see them—and perhaps Eric would include them in future columns. I had never heard of this and just love the idea!

    4. Debbie

      I did not do so well on my choices. I had fun just reading what each item represented. I wish I had had this when I was leading the youth. Thanks for sharing.

    5. Knife, fork, toothpick…looks like Mark was well-equipped from the get-go. Just a little slim in the food department for that fist course.

    6. Yonie Wondernose

      When I was dating Sweet Mary we attended a mystery supper and the best item on the menu was a Mennonite Highball.

      This turned out to be a glass of water.

    7. Loretta T

      Mystery Supper Menu

      I’ve never attended a Mystery Supper but have heard of them and how much fun they are. I, too, would like a list and, hopefully, try this with our youth in church.

    8. KimH

      haha.. I got all food on my first course.. I’d have had to eaten it with my fingers… or with my toothpick. 😉

      That was fun!

    9. Alice Mary

      Sheesh! The best I could do was water, a fork,and green beans! Maybe I’d lose a few pounds!

      I’m SOOO clueless on this one—how does a toothpick equate to fire starter?

      1. KimH

        Alice Mary… when you start a fire.. you start with “tender” which is often small slivers of wood… which is what a toothpick is..