Organist Bruce Woody and pastor Father Matthew Wydmanski are responsible for the bigos, a hearty Polish stew constructed from pork, beef, sausage, ham, bacon and cabbage. The cheese and potato pierogis are from the hands of Lilly Wisniewski, winner two years running of "Buffalo's Best Pierogi" contest.
You haven't a prayer of finding a better Polish spread than the 32nd Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival at Corpus Christi Church (199 Clark St.). Golabki, or cabbage rolls, and baloney sandwiches round out the meaty menu at the event, which starts at 6:30 tonight and continues from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Featured tonight, the bigos is $4. Polish Platters (pierogi, golabki, Polish sausage, homemade sweet and sour cabbage, bread and butter) are $10, said event chair Beverly Sikora. Save room for dessert, including szarlotka, a fruit-studded coffee cake that is "to Poles what apple pie is to Americans," she said. Wisniewski also will be making her homemade naleshniki (Polish crepes), filled with farmers cheese and topped with fruit or chocolate. Desserts range from $2-$5.
Besides food, there's Polish music, dancing, raffles and more. Admission is free and proceeds benefit the church's restoration.
-- Andrew Z. Galarneau