HEY HEY, OCTOBER 8 IS NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY!

Whether you like it or not, believe it or not – that’s a fact. What’s more – by no means was that our invention. Ladies and gentlemen – October 8 is the NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY and it was the Resolution 878 that recognized this particular day in the state of Pennsylvania (called ‘Pierogy Day’). Here’s the story behind it!

 

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At the beginning of 20th century, immigrants from Eastern Europe flooded American lands, obviously bringing their cooking traditions to their new place of abode. In the 1940s, ‘pierogies’ (as Americans renamed them, unwilling to accept the fact that ‘pierogi’ is already plural) became a mainstay at church fundraisers in neighborhoods in the Northeast and throughout the upper- Midwest.

Pierohi (Pierogi) makers from St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church stuff and pinch the delicacy. From left: Mildred Krenitsky, Lovie Peregrin, Sonia Tyrpak and Mary Conon. Times-Tribune File

Pierohi (Pierogi) makers from St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church stuff and pinch the delicacy. From left: Mildred Krenitsky, Lovie Peregrin, Sonia Tyrpak and Mary Conon. Times-Tribune File

By the early 1950s pierogi gained a foothold in Us, as Americans of all ethnicities got carried away by this sensational delicacy and quickly adopted them in their kitchens and stomachs. ‘Pierogi invasion on US ’ was quickly observed by  Ted Twardzik, who jumped on the bandwagon without thinking twice. For years, his mother Mary and her friends would gather around kitchen table and make pierogi for their church. Discerning Ted came to conclusion that pierogi would meet with  equally warm welcome on local grocery store’s shelves as they did at church dinners. Therefore, on October 8 1952 , Twardzik produced the company’s very first pierogi samples and delivered them to a local grocery store in Shenandoah,Pa. Today, Mrs T’s Pierogies ( named after Ted’s mom -Mary) is the largest producer of frozen pierogi in the US and the culprit behind Polish staple food mind-blowing fame.Up to this point, that every year Pittsburgh hosts The Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Race!

 

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If your VPN is on, check out this short video from the race!

 

So this October 8, take a proper while (or even a whole weekend!) to honor the rich history and flavorful traditons of Poland and America’s most treasured comfort food!

And if you consider yourself a true pierogi fan, dig deeper into the history and check out the article from the Times-Tribune Library from 1985, talking about the pierogi making at St Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church in Old Forge http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/pages/index.php/2014/10/08/happy-national-pierogi-day/

HAPPY PIEROGI DAY TO ALL PIEROGI FANS OUT THERE!

 

 

 

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