Polish dinner raises funds for new Lake County baby pantry

IRONS — Members of St. Bernard Catholic Church served up delicious authentic Polish cooking Sunday, Oct. 9, a parish tradition, but for a new cause. 

Nearly $2,000 in proceeds will benefit Grandmother’s Cupboard Baby Pantry, which is in the works as part of St. Ann Catholic Church in Baldwin. The patron saint, Ann, is the grandmother of Jesus, thus the name. 

Homemade pierogi, golabki (stuffed cabbage), kielbasa (sausage), a buttery potato dish, dill soup, pickled beets and desserts satisfied appetites and created a culinary experience met with many compliments. 

Parish member Pattie Polega has prepared the authentic Polish menu and recipes for the meal since the parish has been hosting the event. 

Mary Chatelain, chair of the St. Bernard Altar Society, presented Polega with a token of appreciation, a golden pierogi ornament, as a thank you to all her hard work. 

“Thank you to everyone who helped before, during and after the Polish dinner. A special thank you to Pattie Polega for organizing the menu and the food preparation,” Chatelain said. 

Members of Boy Scout Troop 61 impressed guests with their prompt table service. 

When Grandmother’s Cupboard is ready for use, it will be another resource for mothers in the community, along with Seeds of Promise near Pompeii’s, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Grandmother’s Cupboard will operate a different day, so families will have two times during the week they can get help they need for their baby.