Dining with Dignity:

An Evening of Feasting and Friendship

A Meal for the Community


The Prodigal Son 

For those not familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), the Fatted Calf is a metaphor for a lavish feast the father hosts to welcome home the son to who took his inheritance early while his father was still living, and squandered it on high living (if it happened today, he probably would have spent it on fast cars and fast women).  There were no apologies expected, no punishment, but only celebrating the son who has come home.  At the Fatted Calf Café, we welcome with a lavish feast those who for whatever reason find themselves outcasts on the margins of our society. Nowhere is the Prodigal Son better represented than by this 1997 painting by Horst Gottschalk (1928 – 1998). This was the artist's last completed work before his death the following year.

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