Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Red Poppies: A Polish Pantry now open on Lark Street

The Lark Street BID announced today that a new business, The Red Poppies: A Polish Pantry, has opened at 227 Lark Street. An official ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Jennings will take place on Wednesday, November 7th at 2pm. The Lark Street BID is thrilled with the addition to the neighborhood and the new culture it will make accessible.

Red Poppies: A Polish Pantry, is a gourmet deli specializing in foods of Polish origin, including deli meats, prepared meals like gołąbki or pierogi, and prepackaged imports from Poland. Beyond selling traditional Polish food, founder Joanna Keblinski hopes to provide Albany with a venue that presents a more complete picture of Polish culinary and cultural traditions.

Born and educated in Poland, Keblinski has the unique perspective of a Polish native living in America. After years of cooking around the country, she found that people seem to enjoy Polish food, but have very little exposure to it. Her experiences inspired her to open a “pantry” shop. Keblinski stocks a variety of Polish ingredients for the adventurous cook, but realizes that not everyone is eager to jump into the kitchen. Freshly baked bread, pastries, prepared sandwiches, soups, and full meals are also available. Pictures of Red Poppies’ offerings can be found at Facebook.com/redpoppiesapolishpantry. 

 “The Lark Street BID is thrilled with the recent addition of Red Poppies to the Lark Street business community. The Lark Street neighborhood has lacked the sort of cultural experience that Red Poppies offers. I have no doubt that Joanna and her staff will be successful here. Just look at the positive reviews they already have on Facebook! ” said Meghan McGrath, Director of Operations of the Lark Street Business Improvement District.

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