From a press release:
Houby Days, the Cedar Rapids Czech and Slovak community’s celebration of morel mushrooms, kicks off this year with a chance for the public to sample dozens of favorite foods from the Old World, along with two of the Czech Republic’s most popular beers. The 12th Annual Taste of Czech and Slovak, sponsored by The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s Guild, will be held on Friday, May 18, from 5-7 p.m., in the social hall of St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW.
Chefs from Czech Village, New Bohemia, and downtown Cedar Rapids restaurants, along with veteran home cooks from the local ethnic community, will dish up favorites from the Guild’s cook book, including černá kuba (casserole), guláš (goulash), koláče and Czech garnets. Taste of Czech and Slovak is the Guild’s primary annual fundraiser to support the Czech & Slovak Museum. Tickets are normally $10, giving diners 12 samples of food and/or beer. This year, as the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library prepares to open this summer, the Guild is asking for a free-will offering as admission.
“It’s a rare treat to sample Czech and Slovak foods made by the cooks who do it best. We’re hoping the community will respond with donations that celebrate the reopening of the museum,” said event co-chair Beth DeBoom.
The tasting event includes appetizers, soups, meat dishes, side dishes and desserts, with enough variety to satisfy the palates of all ages. Live accordion music will add to the ethnic authenticity of the event. Food and beverage sponsors this year include Al’s Blue Toad, Smuggler’s Wharf, Parlor City Pub & Eatery, The Red Frog, Sykora Bakery, Zin’s Restaurant, Gatherings, and John’s Grocery.