Baklawa, a butter bath and a beautiful bonnet

I love my hairnet. I love my gloves. I love my apron. I love baklawa.

This morning, I was invited to St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral to participate in a decadent ritual — the preparation of 13,650 pieces of baklawa that will be served at next weekend’s 79th annual Lebanese dinner.

The dinner is a fundraiser for the church at 7515 E. 13th St., and the members — employing skills passed down by generations before them — spend weeks in the church kitchen preparing the fabulous food. Each year, it feeds more than 5,500 people and raises around $90,000.

Today was one of many baklawa assembly days, and hair-netted church members were everywhere, distributing nuts and dough, administering butter baths, rolling, cutting, baking and syruping. I learned A LOT about the process and assembled a few rolls myself.

Next week, I’ll be giving away two tickets to the dinner, which is delicious, so be sure to watch for that contest on The Blog. The dinner is from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and from noon to 7 p.m Oct. 14. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children and are available on-site.

For more information, call 316-636-4676.