Every Tuesday morning the ladies (all volunteers), most in their 60’s, 70″s and 80″s, come to the kitchen / dining facility (the Hall) at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. George Parish Hall in St. Catharines to make “varenyky” (Perogy).
Here is a video of the ladies of the Parish making varenyky
Younger women who no longer work also come to help. There are two cooks and their helpers, who also make cabbage rolls, meat sticks and borscht (a wonderful beat & cabbage soup). All these tasty dishes are available to buy directly from the Church Hall at 4 Augusta Ave. (off Facer street) on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00pm. The selection includes potatoes / cheddar cheese or potato / sauerkraut perogies, cabbage rolls with or without meat, borscht and meat-on-a-stick. Special bulk orders can be pre-ordered by phoning the cook (Mary) at905-980-0881or the parish hall at 905-397-8340.
How many varenyky have these hands made?
They also host a “Baba’s Supper” (Baba means Grandma in Ukrainian) on the third Friday of every month. The menu alternates between an all-you-can-eat perogy supper and a full “Ukrainian Supper” of borscht, a cabbage roll, some perogies and sausage. All this work is done to raise money for the church but it is also a chance to give back to the community – and of course it’s a lot of fun and very delicious too.
Here is a video of the over-flowing Parish Hall for the Baba’s Supper – 16 September 2011
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. George Parish Hall was given a special honor last June during Access Awareness Week, when they were awarded the “Breaking the Barriers Award” by the Ontario March of Dimes as well as the NAAAW 2011 “Breaking the Barriers Award – Employment” from Jim Bradley. They were given these awards because of the good work they have done including hiring a young man through the March of Dimes, who had suffered a brain injury.
The lovely ladies of the Ukrainian community were kind enough to show me how it’s all done. I enjoyed it very much and I recommend that you come by for a visit and try the food – you will be glad you did!
Parish Hall of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. George
4 Augusta St., St. Catharines, Ontario
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