Paczki Day celebrated with Hough Bakery-inspired treats and polka in Parma

By Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer

“In recent years, Rudy’s (5580 Ridge Road; 440-886-4430) has become Paczki Central on Fat Tuesday, with crowds lining out the door into the frigid winter morning beginning at 4 a.m.

After all, for the rest of the world Tuesday is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. In strongly Polish Cleveland, though, this is Paczki Day — the day when hundreds line up at Polish bakeries to have one last hurrah in the form of a paczki (pronounced PUNCH-ki), a deep-fried, filled Polish pre-Lenten doughnuts.”

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