The commander cooked the Stew with fellow veterans in his garage. The members brought the stew to the post and served it for free to all the members. Many paid their dues that day, and a tradition was born.. For over 88 years the recipe has been passed down from one Head Cook to another. This year will be the 89th Chicken Stew on November 13,2015 at 12:00 noon. Many members of the post and citizens buy the stew, making it a profitable fundraiser for the building committee.