Thursday, October 8, 2009

It’s National Pierogy Day (Oct. 8)

SHENANDOAH, Pa. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Today (Oct. 8), stop and celebrate a foreign food that’s added so much to American cuisine.

It’s National Pierogy Day, a time to recognize those little pasta and potato-filled pockets that hail from Eastern Europe.

Pierogy, this is your life...

  • Pierogies arrived in America in the early 1900s and were quickly embraced.

  • In the 1940s, the pockets – stuffed with sauerkraut, cheese, mashed potatoes, cabbage, onion, meat, or any combination thereof – became a staple of churches in ethnic neighborhoods in the northeast and Midwest.

  • By the 1950s, the appeal broadened among Americans of all ethnicities, and thus, major pierogy company, Mrs. T’s, was founded by Ted Twardzik.

  • On October 8, 1952, Twardzik produced the first pierogy samples for grocery stores, and the rest is history.

    Today, Mrs. T’s produces enough pierogies to stretch over 23,000 miles, blanket 712 football fields, and cross the U.S. at its widest point seven times.

    In 2008 alone, American ate 31,000 pierogies.

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