Vermont chicken pie suppers are an annual tradition in the Green Mountain State.
Last weekend, I went to the Jericho Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper, which is one of the oldest in Vermont. The 116th supper, welcomed a full house of locals and visitors who gathered in the church basement and dined on chicken pie with gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, and apple and pumpkin pie.
Members of the congregation prepared 31 chicken pies (there are no veggies in chicken pies, so it’s different from a pot pie), as well as 35 apple pies and 30 pumpkin pies. The sold-out event included four seatings of 100 people each.
Debbie Hamm, who moved to Jericho 30 years ago and organizes the event, said that a large percentage of proceeds from the dinner go back into the community to help people in need. It’s easy to see why this event—so rooted in tradition and community—has such staying power.