The recipes Aleksandra Szlapacka is using in Polish Kitchen came with her from the old country, making the meals she cooks for the customers exceptional. Better known to her community and suppliers as Aleks, she opened the Polish Kitchen – a beautiful little store in Estevan that makes customers feel like at grandma’s.
Szlapacka came to Estevan from Poland about six years ago. She says that it was the Energy City that chose her. She never thought that she would open a business until her cooking talent got her trapped.
“I was making cabbage rolls, just on the side for people before Christmas. And they were, ‘We love it, we love it. Why don’t you sell them?’ And I was, ‘I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to sell cabbage rolls.’ It started with cabbage rolls. And then I started thinking, “If I start selling cabbage rolls, it can’t be just cabbage rolls. It’s gotta be more than this.'”
And after numerous sleepless nights, hours and hours of research, piles of paperwork, days of renovation and planning that all was her after-work activities, enthusiastic and goal-oriented Szlapacka opened the doors of the Polish Kitchen.
Alex opened the doors of the Polish Kitchen in Estevan, inviting the community to indulge in a variety of homemade pierogis and cabbage rolls in May 2019. Less than a year after that the world made a somersault and things in many areas have never been the same since then.
Times weren't easy for the Polish Kitchen as well, but instead of surrendering to the economic realities, Alex expanded her business in January 2020 to meet the new goals and needs of the business and Saskatchewan communities.
Since its opening, the business was steadily growing, bringing a variety of Slavic meals to Estevan and the surrounding area.