Pierogi

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Kazimiera Bober, better known as "Kasia", is living proof of the “American Dream” as exemplified by the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Public Radio, WTTW 11 and other public media. She immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1970's with a dream of a better life for herself and her children. After years of working odd jobs and struggling financially, she decided to pursue something in which she excelled, which was cooking.

 

Kasia opened her Deli in December of 1982 and began to offer home cooking to neighborhood customers. She would cook at night and sell her ethnic cuisine during the day. Although the beginnings were difficult, it was through her hard work, perseverance and dedication that Kasia was able to succeed. As her clientele grew, Kasia began to recognize that pierogi were her best selling items. After years of showcasing her products at neighborhood festivals, she was asked to participate at ‘The Taste of Chicago’, one of the largest food festivals in the country. It was also at that time that she won the first of four consecutive awards for ‘The Best Pierogi in Chicago. With all the acclaim she received, Kasia’s next break was getting her pierogi into some of the largest supermarkets in the Chicagoland area. Pierogi were also the first ever to be served aboard United Airlines, the biggest airline in the world. "Newsweek" magazine picked Kasia's as one of the top fifteen entrepreneurs who "create exquisite food with the finest ingredients and whose product transcends ethnic orientation". Dignitaries such as President Clinton, Mayor of Chicago Richard J. Daley, Illinois Governor George Ryan and many others have also sampled Kasia’s award winning pierogi.   Kasia, with the help of her children and now grandchildren, is successfully fulfilling her “American Dream”.

 

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