Things seem a bit quiet outside of Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery in Parma, but on the inside it’s a different story.
“It’s the biggest day of the year for us!” exclaims Lidia Trempe.
You see, Rudy’s is her family’s baby. Her Mom Eugenia took over the bakery in 1979. It’s a classic Polish bakery with pierogis, kolatchkis, and the Fat Tuesday favorite of Cleveland. Tuesday is Paczki Day and Lidia can’t wait. She says the tradition has been around for centuries.
“It’s from the Middle Ages. Paczki means ‘packages’ so what I call them is pre-Lenten packages of fun.”
Customers filed in and out of the bakery Monday, ordering a dozen or two from the case or picking up a pre-order. Rudy’s has 28 different fillings from sweet to something different in a savory offering.
The family has been at the bakery for the last four days, frying and filling the “packages.” According to Eugenia Polatajko, things have changed in the last 40 years.
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