Inna and Mama Tanya
Inna and the kiddos
Grandma Lena and her famous pierogies
I would like to take this time to tell you about my journey as a baker and pierogi-maker. It began even before my time. It began with my parents, Peter and Tanya.
My father and mother were immigrants, born and raised in Ukraine. Shortly after marriage, they began to venture out into the world of entrepreneurial endeavors. Despite unfavorable circumstances, they opened a small baking business making European wafers. Upon immigrating to the United States, the land of opportunity, my mother continued to evolve her baking skills. I recall watching her sculpting different components together, one after another, until... VOILA- a beautiful wedding cake! My mother began to cater various events- parties and weddings. She always had a wide assortment of desserts, each one of them unique, beautiful and delicious.
Pierogi were a staple in my home as well. When my grandparents immigrated to the United States, my mom and grandma would often devote a whole day to make pierogies. Lots of flour, fresh mashed potatoes and pinch-pinch-pinch until our bellies and freezers were full.
As a child, I loved tasting the creams and eating the yummy goodness. I watched and learned from the most talented baker I know. I began to notice that I was developing a passion for this craft and decided to step out of my comfort zone and began to bake as well. My mother mentored me by sharing her experience when we baked together for events. This created opportunities for me to learn and develop my skills. My mother has been a devoted teacher and the source of my creativity. She is the reason for what I have accomplished to date in my bakery.
In July 2019 we expanded the business and added to the menu. The natural addition to the menu was pierogies. We did it at home and why not share the love with you? Plus, Lancaster County had no local pierogi-makers at the time and a city without pierogies is not complete. Since then, pierogies have taken over not just Lancaster, but are appearing in other cities and states. Grocery stores, farmers markets and butcher shops are spreading pierogi-love to all the people now.
To my mom and grandmother, I am grateful they passed on their passion and expertise to me and my kiddos. To my local and growing community of pierogi-lovers, thank you for your continuous support in this journey.