First ‘Kick-Off to the Cook-Off’ to feature Kielbasa Cook-Off winners

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
Publication Date: 11.01.16



The Polish-American Community of Toledo, or PACT, will hold the first “Kick-Off to the Cook-Off,” a special kielbasa dinner, on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe St.

The “Kick-Off to the Cook-Off” dinner will feature the top three winners from the previous Kielbasa Cook-Off held last April 23. The dinner will also provide details on the upcoming Sixth Kielbasa Cook-Off in April 2017.

The 2016 winners included the first place finisher Jeremy Pryba and the Pryba family; Mike Hofner and Ron Smith of Dziadzia and Busia’s Old Fashioned Kielbasa; and the Adam Michalski family of Michalski’s Special Recipe. In addition, Pryba and Michalski will serve their family’s pierogi. The dinner includes mashed potatoes, gravy, kapusta (sweet & sour cabbage), mizeria (cucumbers in dill sauce), placek (coffee cake) and paczki.

Last April, approximately 1,000 people attended the Kielbasa Cook-Off, sampling kielbasa from a dozen different local amateur kielbasa makers. The event raised over $6,000.

As an added bonus, those attending the “Kick-Off to the Cook-Off” will be able to order award-winning homemade kielbasa for Thanksgiving and Christmas directly from these winning competitors. Order forms will be available at the dinner and online at

In addition to the dinner, there will be free polka lessons with Sue Sabo Hays, owner, Mini Motions Dance Studio beginning at 1 p.m. Hays is celebrating her 25th year in business and is a former dancer with the Echoes of Poland.

The cost is $18 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Advanced reservations can be made for $15 at The event is open to everyone and there is plenty of free parking.

Money raised 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 awarded over $17,000 in scholarship money to area Polish-American high school and college students.