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      122nd Annual Merchants' Lunch and Country Store in Fresno

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      November 7, 2019

      Thursday  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

      430 South First Street
      Fresno, California 93702

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      122nd Annual Merchants' Lunch and Country Store

      One of the first televised ethnicrecipes in the Golden State will highlight the autumn food bazaar atCalifornia’s oldest Armenian Church.            Margaret Garabedian Setrakian’s “KabobDelight” will be shared with guests at the 2019 Merchants’ Lunch and CountryStore of The First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno.  The harvest gathering will take place from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, at the Church Campus, 430 South FirstStreet at Historic Huntington Boulevard, near Downtown Fresno.  The122nd annual gathering will feature seasoned beef filet kebab at $18 per personand chicken kebab at $16 per person, with accompaniments including rice pilaf,cheese boureg, garden salad, pickled tourshee, fresh peda bread, and paklava.Photographs, paintings, and artifacts depicting more than a century of CentralCalifornia ministry will be on display during the culinary event.            Meals will be available to guestsfor dine-in, take-out, or drive through. The drive-through lane will be located on the Raisina Street side of theChurch Campus, one block west of First Street between Huntington Boulevard andBalch Avenue.  More information isavailable by calling (559) 237-6638, faxing (559) 237-9526, or e-mailing            Margaret Setrakian (1919-2012) wasborn in Fresno to Vaughan and Veronica (Harikian) Garabedian just seven monthsafter the World War I Armistice.  Shemarried her high school sweetheart, Souren Setrakian, and they made their homea few blocks from the FAPC Campus.  Agifted cook, baker, and artist, Margaret demonstrated her specialty main dish,also known as “The Hobo Pack,” on the September 14, 1953 broadcast of FresnoCook Book.  The 30-minute afternoonculinary program aired live on Fresno’s first television station, KMJ Channel24.  The NBC affiliate, originally ownedby McClatchy Broadcasting, first signed on the air on June 1, 1953 in studiosdesigned by television pioneer Marshall L. Faber, Sr.  Today the station is known by call lettersKSEE and is owned by Nextar Media Group.Theautumn food bazaar marks the 26th Anniversary of the publication of “AHundred Years and Still Cooking,” the FAPC Fidelis Women’s Society Centennialrecipe collection. First published in 1993 by H. Markus Printing, the 496-pagevolume includes instructions for preparing 636 different ethnic recipes andsells for $35.  Food writer BarbaraHansen, a James Beard Award winner, reviewed the volume in the January 14, 1998edition of The Los Angeles Times underthe headline, “Leaves from Fresno.”  Thecookbook is a unique compendium of heritage recipes, Scriptural truths, OldWorld culinary precepts, and Central California ethnic history.TheMerchants’ Lunch Country Store will be open throughout the luncheon hours forholiday shopping.  The Store will offersuch ethnic delicacies as choreg, souberag, paklava,yalanchi, bottled grape leaves, gutah, tourshee, rojik, and basdegh.  The abundant produce of the San JoaquinValley and a host of homemade breads, jellies, and pastries will round out thecomestibles in the Store pantry.                                         ReverendGregory Vahack Haroutunian is the Senior Pastor of the Congregation.  Maryvonne Gagliardi, Steven Marashian, andElaine Tavlian Rubio are Co-Chairs of the 2019 Merchants’ Lunch and CountryStore.            Chartered by 40 immigrants in arented hall on July 25, 1897, FAPC was the boyhood church of authors WilliamSaroyan and A.I. Bezzerides and documentary filmmaker J. Michael Hagopian.  Six generations and 12 decades later, FAPC isa multigenerational congregation drawn from the Old and New Worlds.  FAPCis a member congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and theArmenian Evangelical Union of North America. The 122nd Anniversary theme of the congregation is “Love Christ.  Love Others. Make Disciples.”

      Cost: 16.00 to 18.00

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