Pierogi Cooking Class & Music Event!

Make pierogi...from scratch!
Date & time
November 20 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Maria Rozynska

PLEASE NOTE: This event is run in partnership with Mess Hall. BOOK HERE.

"We've all tasted something special that has lingered in our memories until this day." ~ Isaac Cronin

From practicing sealing tricks in her grandmother's kitchen since she was 3, Chef Maria of Just Be Cooking has been teaching people the art of pierogi making for decades. In this fun hands-on cooking class, learn the art of making the perfect pierogi from scratch, with prizes for the best one, followed by a communal dinner and live music.

You will start the cooking class with a warm borscht broth made fresh by Maria, then learn best practices for rolling out dough, cutting circles and sealing your pierogi.

You'll Learn:

  • The art of perfect pierogi dough

  • How to make 3 fillings (V)

  • Sealing tricks

  • What not to do when boiling your pierogi

  • How to present it all beautifully on a plate

Dinner includes: (8:00 to 9:00pm)

  • Borscht Soup & Bread

  • Assorted pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream topping

  • Cucumber Salad

  • Beet Salad

  • Sharlotka for dessert



Maria Rozynska

Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Maria Rozynska grew up amid great food and music. After studying abroad led her to teach History and English to people from all parts of the world, Maria rediscovered the joys of home cooking & the stories shared. That's why since 2010, she has been sharing what she knows and loves about traditional Polish food and music, as well as many other cultures, hosting countless cooking classes, dinner parties & pop-ups across Toronto. Since opening her cultural cooking school, Just Be Cooking, in 2017, Maria has had the honour of hosting numerous culinary & music events across the city sharing the stories of several fantastic chefs & musicians. Her goal has always been the same; Get as many people around the table as possible, because good food and good music CAN feed our soul.


Live Music performed by Saskia Tomkins & Georgia Hathaway of Medusa.

About Saskia Tomkins 

Originally from the UK, Saskia moved to Ontario in 2007 with her family, bringing with them a wealth of musical talent and experience. Saskia’s musical abilities on bowed strings are wide ranging, from classical to Celtic, to Django-jazz, to songwriter accompaniment. After seeing Stefan Grappelli perform 3 times, she completed a B.A.hons. in Music (Jazz). She has played with countless artists in many genres, including Uriah Heep’s 30th anniversary concert, improvising with dancers at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and learning cello for Michael Bogdanov and the English Shakespeare Company.  She has recorded on over 60 albums for other artists and several with her own groups. Saskia is also the All Britain Champion for Irish Fiddle. In Canada, Saskia has worked at 4th Line Theatre for 8 years. Saskia was commissioned to co-write the music with Steafan Hannigan for Driving Miss Daisy at The Capitol Theatre, Port Hope, and developed the music for the Broadway hit, "Come From Away", also with Steafan. She is principle viola in the Northumberland Orchestra, and principle 2nd violin in Quinte Symphony Orchestra and frequently plays with Kim Doolittle and David Newland as their fiddler. Her personal projects include the instrumental duo “2ish” the Celtic band “Cairdeas”, the jazz trio "Marsala and the Imports and most recently, the chamber folk ensemble "Medusa". In between gigs, Saskia spends time teaching violin and viola, reading books and watching the birds out of the window.

About Georgia Hathaway
Georgia grew up in the embrace of music, learning violin from the Suzuki method and fiddle camps throughout her childhood. Initially choosing to study neuroscience and psychology, she soon realized she couldn't live without her fiddle and started playing more folk music. She's enjoyed playing with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra, Polky, and several other groups in Toronto. She now teaches meditation and likes composing and singing songs on slide guitar in addition to playing with the chamber folk band Medusa (with Saskia Tomkins). In her spare time she loves to be outdoors camping or hiking, or spending time with her cat Kala.

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