Get your taste buds ready for another great Kielbasa Cook Off sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo.  This year the cook off will be held on Saturday, May 6th at St. Clement Community Center,  2990 Tremainsville Rd.  Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the PACT/Toledo Poznan Alliance Scholarship Competition, which has awarded more than $17,000 to students over the past five years.  Proceeds will also help the capital campaign to develop a Polish community center in the Toledo area.

There is still room for more contestants.  If you are interested in competing in this event, call Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811 or email us at info@polishcommunity.org.  The deadline to enter is April 15th. 

Check our website and facebook page for more information and updates in the near future.


   

Matt Zaleski / 2016 Board President                                                                                                                                            January 18, 2017

Office:  419-691-5058 / Mobile: 419-345-5206

 

PACT to Host Kielbasa Cook-Off Saturday, May 6, 2017

Call for Contestants

 

(Toledo, OH) — The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced that the organization is looking for contestants and sponsors for the Sixth Kielbasa Cook-Off, to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the St. Clement’s Community Center, 2990 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.  The hours for the event will be announced at a later date.

 

The Kielbasa Cook-off, which was last held in April 2016, features homemade kielbasa from old family recipes.  The event, opened to the public, allows people to sample the special kielbasa recipes and vote for their favorite. Amateur kielbasa makers from all over the area compete for the title of Toledo’s Kielbasa “King” or “Queen”.   In 2016, nearly 750 people attended as twelve contestants battled for bragging rights.   The team of “Polska Pryba” led by Jeremy Pryba received the most votes and the title Kielbasa King.

 

Besides earning the distinction of having the best homemade kielbasa in the area, contestants can also receive cash awards and / or trophies for their efforts.  The competition is open to anyone that makes their own kielbasa. Commercial entries will not be part of the amateur cook-off.

 

”People in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are so proud of their ethnic heritage.  Most families have those special homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation-to-generation.   PACT is looking for best homemade kielbasa recipe.   This is a friendly competition.  We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa,” said Stan Machosky, Past President, PACT.

 

In addition to contestants, PACT is also looking for sponsorships for the Kielbasa Cook-Off.

 

“We’ve had requests from the Polish community, elected officials, and local media to make the Kielbasa Cook-Off bigger.  There’s been some interest in expanding the Kielbasa Cook-Off with a separate commercial competition, as well as making it a two-day event.  The market is dictating that they want this event expanded. To do that, PACT would need more community support and several corporate sponsors,” said Matt Zaleski, 2016 PACT President.

 

Money raised goes to fund the annual PACT / Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Scholarship Competition and the capital campaign for development of Polish Community Center in the Toledo area.  Over the past five years, PACT and TPA have awarded over $17,000 in scholarship money to area Polish-American high school and college students.

 

PACT would like to hear from interested contestants or sponsors no later than March 1, 2017.  Amateur kielbasa makers who are interested in participating can contact PACT Board Member, Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811, or email PACT at info@polishcommunity.org.

 

 


Sign Up is now open for the 2016 Kielbasa Klassic 4-Man Golf Scramble!

Sunday, August 7th
at Whiteford Valley (blue Course)
7980 Beck Road, Ottawa Lake MI
10:00AM start time

$75 per man/ $300 per team

Includes golf, cart, food, beer, pop, team skins, door prizes, challenge holes, and the famous “Kielbasa Klassic” t-shirt.

**Proceeds used to fund PACT scholarships and Child Help, an organization dedicated to helping abused children**

Deadline to enter is July 30, 2016.

There are 2 ways to register for the Kielbasa Klassic:

1

Register Online
Register at the Kielbasa Klassic website by clicking here.


2

Register by Mail.

Download the registration form here.
Right-click the button above and select Save Target/Link As… to save the registration form to your computer.

Download and complete the registration form and mail with check to (make check payable to “PACT”) :

Tim Paluszak
2260 Grantwood
Toledo Ohio 43613


Please direct any questions to Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167.


Sixty Years Ago–Poznaǹ June 1956 and its Significance in Polish and World History

excerpted from a longer study by David Gwidon Chełmiǹski, Ph. D.

Not even a year after the formation of the “Warsaw Pact” mutual defense alliance in 1955, Poland suddenly made it into the world news headlines with the first significant uprising of the workers voicing dissatisfaction with the centrally-controlled Marxist economic system which had been imposed upon them in the decade since the Second World War, and remarkably, Poznaǹ, was at the center of what was happening.

After the Minister of Machine Industry withdrew several promises given at the Polish capital of Warszawa to a delegation of workers from a metal Industries factory at Poznaǹ, a strike started spontaneously at the multi-factory complex at six in the morning of Thursday June 28th, 1956.  Around eighty percent of the workers were protesting the increased workload and loss of bonus pay and demanding compensation after the government had suddenly raised their required work quota.  Students and workers from other plants joined their procession.  Between 9 and 11 a.m., 100,000 people had gathered at the Adam Mickiewicz Square in front of the old German Kaiser’s Imperial Palace, demanding lower food prices, wage increases, revocation of some recent changes in the law which had eroded work conditions and a visit by Poland’s Prime Minister Józef Cyrankiewicz.

The crowds stormed a prison at ulica Młyǹska, releasing hundreds of prisoners, distributed firearms from the prison’s arms depot among themselves, and attacked the Communist Party’s local headquarters and the office of the Ministry of Public Security.  By six p.m., the protesters had seized many government buildings, including a radio-jamming station and police stations in outlying districts, and the military school at the Poznaǹ University of Technology and the prison camp in Mrowino, destroying police records at the district courthouse and procurature as well as at a police station.

The city was pacified by Saturday June 30th, 1956.  An estimated fifty-seven to over one hundred civilians had been killed, and about six hundred people were wounded.   By nine p.m. a wave of detentions had begun—the detainees were taken to the airport and subjected to brutal interrogations.  Seven hundred forty-six individuals were detained for over five weeks, until Wednesday August 8th, 1956, while prosecutions carried on for many years.

Clearly encouraged by the Polish example of voicing their dissatisfaction with the Communist regime and getting some significant changes, Hungary began its own uprising on Tuesday October 23rd, 1956.


 

Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Annual Scholarship Competition ends May 31, 2016

The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) have announced that their Sixth Annual Scholarship Competition to award $4,000 to area Polish-American students is currently underway.

Over the past five years over $13,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students of Polish-American heritage in the Toledo area.

The competition is divided into two categories — High School and College. Applicants must fill out an application form and submit an essay. The high school category is for students in grades 8 – 12. Their essay topic is “What is the meaning of your Polish American heritage?” The college category is for undergraduate students and the topic of their essay is “What individual or event associated with Polish culture has impacted you, your community, or country the most, and why?”

Those interested in applying have until May 31, 2016 to complete Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay.

Click on the Scholarship Application icon on the right under “PACT Resourses” to download the application today.

Send you completed application and essay to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH, 43560.


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Polska Pryba
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First Place “Kielbasa King” Winners

Polska Pryba Crowned 2016 Kielbasa King

(Toledo, OH) — The team of Polska Pryba, led by Jeremy Pryba, was voted the People’s Choice and earned the title “Kielbasa King” for the Polish-America Community of Toledo (PACT) Fifth Kielbasa Cook-Off held Saturday at the St. Clements Community Center in West Toledo.

Polska Pryba competed in the Fourth Kielbasa Cook-Off in October 2014 and finished in second place and tied for the Celebrity Judges Award.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Pryba and his family have used the same recipe handed down to them. And just as their grandparents did, they make their kielbasa with Polish pride and love.

“Making kielbasa has brought the Pryba family closer together. Recently, even our younger children learned how to make it and to appreciate what has become a family tradition,” said Mr. Pryba.

Polska Pryba has participated in several PACT Kielbasa Cook-offs and has already won several awards.

“We hope to be able to take our kielbasa and market it commercially some day, along with some other Polish dishes like pierogi,” said Mr. Pryba.

For more information on Polska Pryba Kielbasa or to order some for the holidays contact Jeremy Pryba by email: jeremypryba@hotmail.com.

Polska Pryba earned a trophy and $350 for the first place finish. The team voted to donate the money back to PACT for use in the PACT / Toledo Poznan Alliance Scholarship Competition.

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Dzia Dzia and Bushia’s Old Fashioned Recipe
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People’s Chioce Second Place Winners

 



Finishing second in the People’s Choice was Dzia Dzia and Busia’s Old Fashion Recipe led by Mike Hofner and Ron Smith. They picked up a check for $200.

Dzia Dzia and Busia’s Old Fashioned Kielbasa recipe came directly from Mr. Hofner’s grandparents – hence the name! They have been making their kielbasa with the rest of their family for over 20 years and have participated in the PACT’s Kielbasa Cook-Off several times having won several awards.

 

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People’s Choice Third Place Winners
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Michalski’s Recipe

The third place finisher was the team of Michalski’s Recipe led by Adam Michalski. They picked up a check for $150.

Mr. Michalski says his family has been making kielbasa for five years, and it just keeps getting better and better! They have taken two recipes that have been in the family for years — combined them — and made it to their liking.

Mr. Michalski says his family has been making kielbasa for five years, and it just keeps getting better and better! They have taken two recipes that have been in the family for years — combined them — and made it to their liking.

“Making kielbasa is a true love for the family and we believe it helps to bring them all together,” said Mr. Michalski. “The more family members that help, the better!”

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Ed’s Kielbasa
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Celebrity Choice Award

The team of Ed’s Kielbasa led by Ed Mikonowicz captured the Celebrity Judges Award. Mr. Mikonowicz started making kielbasa 15 years ago. He remembers begging his grandma for her recipe. Many of his uncles would add their two cents and say that, “this batch needs this and/or this batch needs that.” The recipe was truly a family project. Ed started off working on the kitchen table with 70 pounds of pork and having to cut it up into small pieces. Today, he has the help of his son and he is able to make quick batches of 75 pounds in a matter of hours. His kielbasa has been served at small weddings, graduation parties, and many Christmas and Easter celebrations. Ed believes his kielbasa is one of the best in Northwest Ohio. It just took him a while to get the courage to enter the Kielbasa Cook-Off.

The judges were former Toledo Mayors Mike Bell and Donna Owens, Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, 1370 WSPD morning air personality Fred LeFebvre, and WTOL and Fox 36 news anchor and reporter Joe Stoll.

Ten teams competed in Saturday’s competition for title of “Kielbasa King or Queen”. The Kielbasa Cook-Off is a family fun event where area teams / families compete in a friendly competition to see who makes the best homemade kielbasa from old family recipes.

“People in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are so proud of their ethnic heritage. Most families have those special homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation-to-generation. PACT is looking for best homemade kielbasa recipe. We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa,” said Stan Machosky, Past President, PACT.

Approximately 1,000 people showed up for today’s event. PACT estimates that it will net about $8,000 for the five-hour event.

Money raised by the Kielbasa Cook-Off goes to fund the annual scholarship competition and the Capital Campaign for development of Polish Cultural Center in the Toledo area. Over the past five years, PACT, along with the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA), awarded over $13,000 in scholarship money to area Polish-American high school and college students.

For more information on the Kielbasa Cook-Off, the PACT Scholarship competition, or other PACT events, visit www.polishcommunity.org or e-mail, info@polishcommunity.org.


paczkiIn Poland, tłusty czwartek is celebrated on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.  Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast would not be until Easter.  Instead of parading and partying like in Mardi Gras, Poles line up to buy their favorite pastries from their local bakery (piekarnia). Of course the most famous pastry is the Pączki, a deep fried doughnut filled with any number of sweet fillings.   Fat Thursday  is one of the busiest days of the year among bakers and confectioners with an estimated 20 times higher demand for pączki than on any other day of the year.   Fat Thursday (Shrove Thursday) marked the beginning of Fat Week – a time of great gluttony during which Poles would eat loads of lard (smalec) and bacon, sometimes washed down with vodka.

A popular Polish proverb is: “if you don’t eat at least one doughnut on Shrove Thursday, you will no longer be successful in life.”


This year, the Kielbasa Cook Off will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  It will be held at St. Clements Parish, 3030 Tremainsville Road in Toledo Ohio.  We are excited about this year’s cook off and want to get the word out early so potential contestants can register in plenty of time.  If you have questions, or would like to be a contestant in this year’s cook off, email us at info@polishcommunity.org or call Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811.

KIELBASA COOK-OFF

Contestant’s Information Sheet

1.  The Kielbasa Cook-Off is being held to determine who makes the “Best” home-made kielbasa in the Toledo area.

2.  The Cook-Off will be held at the St. Clements Parish, 3030 Tremainsville Road, Toledo, Ohio.

3.  The date for the Cook-Off is Saturday, April 23, 2016, and will run from 1 to 6 PM.

4.  Contestants should plan to be at the hall no later than noon and should be prepared to start serving by 1 PM.  Contestants are expected to stay until the event closes at 7 PM.

5.  The public will be invited to attend and will taste test the contestants’ kielbasa.  Ballots will be provided to each person who will be asked to vote for the kielbasa they liked best.

6.  The winner, as selected by the collected ballots, will receive $350 in cash, a trophy and recognition as having Toledo’s best home-made kielbasa.  The runner-up will receive $200 in cash and 3rd place winner will receive $150.

7.  Promotion for the event will be conducted in local newspapers, radio and television.

8.  Contestants should bring a minimum of 60 lbs. of fully cooked and ready to eat kielbasa.  The kielbasa should be sliced into pieces that are 1 inch in length.

9.  Contestants should have a fully functional roaster or pans that are set on wire racks with sternos.  In either case, the kielbasa must be maintained at the minimum serving temperature of 160 degrees.

10. No commercial contestants will be permitted.  The contestants do not pay any registration or entry fees.  However, a check for $50 paid to PACT will be collected before the Cook-Off and returned after the cook-off is finished.  In the event that the contestant does not show up,  the check will be forfeited to PACT.

11. Beer, pop,  coffee cake, sweet & sour cabbage and other foods and condiments  will be provided by PACT, the event sponsor.

12.  A meeting will take place 2 weeks prior to the Cook-Off where contestants can ask questions and all information will be supplied at that time.  All contestants will be notified about the meeting.


Follow the Footsteps of St. John Paul II.

Pope John Paul

Sept. 6 – 16, 2016

Krakow, Wadowice, Auschwitz, Czestochowa, Zakupani, and Wieliczka!

**9 nights in Krakow’s City Center near Medieval Market Square

**Evening spent strolling Krakow Old Town (a UNESCO Heritage site):

St. Mary Church, Sukiennice Cloth Hall, Florianska Gate, famed Jewish Kazimierz district, Old Town’s defensive walls and the Barbican, Wawel Castle Cathedral, buriel site of St. Stanislaus, Patron Saint of Poland

**St. John Paul II Tour (Known as the “Catholic Tour”.  Following in the Footsteps of St. John Paul II, Visiting Wadowice, His birthplace and where he was baptized.

**Jasna Gora Monastery, the most famous Shrine in Poland and location of the Black Madonn a of Czestochowa.

**Experience Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camp and Museum (commemorating the lives of those who died during the Holocaust of World War II.  Visit the cell which housed St. Maximilian Kolbe.

**Tour the legendary Wieliczka Salt Mine.  View Alterpieces, monument and religious icons carved by the faith-filled miners.

**Zakopani and the Tatra Mountains, a favorite respite of St. John Paul II.

Pilgrimage Excursion Price–$3,578

Please call Chris Dougherty for additional information.  419-345-2512

cdougherty@PinnacleTourExperience.com

www.pinnacletourexperience.com