Local Bakery-cafe Challenges Atlantians To Eat Different

ATLANTA | Tuesday, December 06, 2005

What is a kolache? The modern variation, pronounced koh-LAH-chee, is a slightly sweet, pastry roll filled with a variety of ingredients ranging from fruit to cheese and meat. Kolache Factory, a local bakery-café franchise located in Norcross, has taken the kolache a step further by offering its customers three unique, seasonal favorites – turkey & dressing, pumpkin pie and pecan pie kolaches.

• Turkey and Dressing – Similar to your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast, but in a smaller portion, this mouth-watering kolache is filled with turkey breast, stuffing and gravy, and is served with a side of cranberry sauce.

• Pumpkin Pie – As delightful as your Grandma’s secret recipe, this kolache is served open faced and is layered with pumpkin pie filling and a dash of whipped cream. • Pecan Pie – Nut-loving Atlantians won’t be able to pass up this kolache’s gooey concoction of sweet crust and pecan pieces.

In addition to the seasonal selections, Kolache Factory serves up a variety of kolaches suited for breakfast, lunch or even an afternoon snack. Baked fresh daily, kolaches are a healthy alternative to breakfast foods like biscuits and donuts. However, guilty pleasures such as cinnamon rolls, croissants, muffins and sticky buns also can be found on the menu. “While kolaches are popular throughout the South, they are virtually unknown and untried in Atlanta,” said Jack Lerman, owner of Kolache Factory Norcross. “We want to change this by challenging Atlantians to put down their donuts and biscuits and try something different.” Five Kolache Fun Facts • Kolache Factory’s most popular selection is Sausage and Cheese; Second runner-up is Cream Cheese. • The world’s largest Kolache Festival is held yearly in Prague, Nebraska.

• The kolache originated in Eastern Europe many centuries ago.

• Kolaches are most popular in West Texas, where Czech immigrants settled in 1852.

• Kolaches are baked, not fried. Kolache Folklore The origin of the kolache is a part of the folklore of the Czechs. The story is told that in the early eighteenth century, a mother was baking the weekly family bread. Her small daughter was helping. The mother sweetened a small amount of the dough and gave it to her daughter, Libuse, to keep her busy. Libuse made her dough into small flat cakes. Then she added some sweetened plum jelly into the center where she had made an indentation with her little fingers. These cakes went into the oven along with the mother’s bread. They had just come out of the oven when the father came in from the field. He immediately snatched one of Libuse’s cakes. The hot pastry burned his mouth. He danced around and around as he tried to cool his burned tongue. While he was jumping around and around, Libuse clapped her hands thinking her father was entertaining her. She sang “Tatinek, do kola, do kola” which translates “Daddy go around, go around.” The following week the father asked Libuse to make him some more of those little cakes. She said they were “kolas” because they made daddy go around. So every week Libuse made her “kolas.” The family began to call them "kolache," meaning “go around things.” Friends and neighbors learned about Libuse’s kolaches and they began to make them. Over the next century, they spread over Europe, then were brought to the United Sates by Czech immigrants.

For more delicious kolache details, visit the Norcross location at 1560 Indian Trail Lilburn Road across the street from Atlanta Christian Academy.

For additional information on this release, please contact: Lindsey Klingensmith (713) 970-2126 [email protected] Source: Kolache Factory Website: http://www.kolachefactory.com

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