When Viktor Witkowski's family fled from Poland to West Germany in the early 1980s he craved his family's traditional, locally sourced culinary treasures - particularly his grandmother's pierogi, which he describes as "my first culinary memory."
Many years would pass before circumstances would allow him to return to Poland to reunite with family members, but when he was finally able to return his grandmother made sure he reconnected with his Polish roots by introducing him to her time-tested family recipes. "She would only use fresh ingredients, most of which were sourced from my grandparents' farm and the surrounding area," Witkowski said.
Pierogi are similar to the more popular dumplings, Witkowski said, describing pierogi as cousins to the eastern European delight. "It is comfort food at its best," he said.
When Witkowski moved to Vermont in 2012 he was once again reminded of his Polish roots. "I realized that (Vermont's) topography is similar to my family's... Read More