Your CurAte dinner party this week was guest curated by Stephanie Hanna from Sip and Savour Rochester! You’ll be diving into a smorgasbord of Polish food from Polska Chata off of Ridge Road near Culver. Polska Chata has been around in Irondequoit since 2004 serving classic Polish dishes and selling pantry staples to all that need them.
Unlike our neighbors in Buffalo, there are vanishingly few Polish options in the ROC and Polska Chata is a must for anyone seeking this kind of food. This style of food is defined by comforting meat dishes like stuffed cabbage, smoked and cured sausages, pierogi style dumplings with various fillings, and root vegetables in many forms. Pickled items are also exceedingly common.
What you’ll be jumping into is a double portion of the Polska Chata Polish Platter featuring Stuffed Cabbage topped with Tomato Sauce, Kiełbasa (smoked polish sausage), Bigos (stewed chopped meat with sauerkraut and cabbage), 3 Pierogi (dumplings) and Mashed Potato. This a savory delight with hits of acid that should help break up the richness.
This food should hold its heat quite well but if you are in need of a brief re-heat I would go with a selection on a plate for a minute or two or a warming run in the toaster oven. Shouldn’t need much more than that!
Make sure to check out Polska Chata Tuesday - Saturday at 32 Vinedale Ave just off of Ridge Rd in Irondequoit. Try out more of your favorite Polish classics fresh or items from their deli like sausages, salads and ready to re-heat items for quick food at home!
For those joining us for pickup, we thank our friends at The Historic German House and hope you took advantage of our pairing purchase option on site!
The pairing goal for this meal will be to show off a wider range of how you can pair this savory and spiced meal with different flavors.
- Wine: We’re going to go Eastern European through the Finger Lakes and ask you to try and find Rkatsateli from Dr Frank. This wine should be widely available but if you don’t find it just go with a quality Riesling instead. We recommend visiting places like Parkway, Pinnacle or Baytowne or your favorite well stocked store.
- Beer: We are re-running some fantastic beers from our friends at Strangebird located in the old Abundance Market on Marshall St. We will have Ready for Takeoff (classic hefeweizen), Stereo Sound (crisp gose with tons of cherry and blackberry) and a beer to be named later! These all offer different pairing directions with the dishes tonight you can go down based on what kind of flavors you enjoy. An off dry cider like Rootstock Original will also work quite well.
- Cocktail: This is a martini meal if I’ve ever known one. I would highly recommend gin but vodka will certainly work. Make sure to use a quality vermouth so you can balance out the spirit of your choice properly. A little citrus rind expression would be nice and work well with the food. I am not going to write out an actual recipe since no matter what I tell you to do with a martini, assuredly you’ll just make it the way you love them.