I would like to take this time to tell you about my journey
as a pierogi-maker. It began even before my time. It began with
my parents, Peter and Tanya.
My father and mother were immigrants, born and raised in
Ukraine. Shortly after marriage, they began to venture out into
the world of entrepreneurial endeavors. Despite unfavorable
circumstances, they opened a small baking business making European wafers. Upon immigrating to the United States, the land of opportunity, my mother continued to evolve her cooking skills. My mother began to cater various events, parties and weddings. She always had a wide assortment of dishes she created, each one of them unique, beautiful and delicious.
Pierogi were a staple in my home and part of those
dishes my mother and grandmother always served for
our family. When my grandparents immigrated to the
United States, my mom and grandma would often devote
a whole day to make pierogi. Lots of flour, fresh mashed
potatoes and pinch-pinch-pinch until our bellies and freezers were full.
As a child, I loved tasting all the food and eating the yummy goodness. I watched and learned from the most talented cook I know. I began to notice that I was developing a passion for this craft and decided to step out of my comfort zone and began cooking as well. My mother mentored me by sharing her experience. This created opportunities for me to learn and develop my skills. My mother has been a devoted teacher and the source of my creativity. She is the reason for what I have accomplished to date.
To my mom and grandmother, I am grateful they passed on
their passion and expertise to me and my kiddos. To my local
and growing community of pierogi-lovers, thank you for your
continuous support in this journey.
Inna and Mama Tanya
Grandma Lena and her famous pierogi
Inna and the kiddos