“Swiaecna Zupa Grzyboba”- Polish Christmas Mushroom Soup
Poles eat dinner at mid-day and nearly every dinner starts with soup. Usually, the soup is a version of the many types of Borscht or Cabbage Soup as they are very inexpensive. At Christmas, this expensive Wild Mushroom Essence is served. It has cream but is very brothy and served atop short noodles. Yum!

Poland’s most famous dish is a word that every Nationality knows and therefore needs no translation. Pierogi are dumplings stuffed with many different items such as meat, sauerkraut, potato, cheese, and mushrooms. This dinner will include a traditional meat and a combination of potato, onion, and cheddar cheese. The Pierogis are boiled and then pan sauteed and served with sour cream.

Americans and the world know this as Goulash or rich beef stew. The difference between stew in Poland and that of the other non-eastern Euro countries stew is the addition of lots of paprika to the roux that thickens it. This goulash is served with Gnocchi.

This is the Polish version of pie although the crust is far different than the dough used for an American pie and the dough is not sealed. This pie is made with apples and finished with Powdered Sugar.

Why Poland?

Poland is a beautiful country which, in many ways, is like Michigan from a climate perspective. Its cuisine is focused on inexpensive cuts of meat with a huge emphasis on pork and hearty, simplistic peasant cooking. Its short growing season has the cuisine focused on root and storage vegetables and fruit such as cabbage, potatoes, and apples. Like Michigan, Poland has great wild mushroom hunting in the Spring and Fall and it is a favorite pastime of many Poles. The Polish are a very generous and hospitable group and food plays a major part of everyday life and entertaining. Its dishes are famous and celebrated throughout the world.

$28.00 per person

This journey is for a minimum of two and runs from January 29th thru February 4th.


  • Illumination (1973, Director: Krzysztof Zanussi)
  • Ashes and Diamonds (1958, Director: Andrzej Wajda)
  • Polish Wedding (1998, Director: Theresa Connelly)
    *Filmed in Hamtramck, MI*