11/01/16 – Discover POLAND & Wroclaw, EU’s 2016 Capital City of Culture
POLAND, officially the Republic of Poland, is the 9th largest country in Europe ( 120,726 sq.mi.) and the 8th most populous ( 38.5 million ). It’s now an member of NATO ( North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1999 ) and the EU ( European Union, 2003 ). It is perhaps the most culturally diverse country in the Western Hemisphere. It holds 14 World Heritage sites and has been rated among the top 20 most peaceful countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index.
Guests – Our thanks to the following individuals who helped make this show a winning combination for us:
Christopher J. Caes
Professor, Dept. of Slavic Languages/ Columbia University: Christopher lectures courses in Polish history, culture and cinema and leads a studies abroad program to Krakow and Wroclaw, Poland. 2006-15 Christopher headed up the Polish Studies Program at the Univ.of Florida.
Director, Polish National Tourist Office in N.Y.C. A 20-year veteran of the tourism industry, Anna has served on the Polish Tourist Board promoting major programs on Poland’s cultural tourism, arts, and travel services to and from the U.S.
Co-Chair, Ctr., Advanced Pastry & Baking Arts, Institute of Culinary Education: A graduate of DePaul Univ. Jenny has worked at Delmonico and at Voce in in New York, with Emeril Lagasse on national TV, and has authored a number of cookbooks. Read her Recipe Series on Panettone, Pana Cotta.Apple Streudel, and Pound Cake. Awesome!
Partner-Owner, Charlotte Patisserie, (Greenpoint) Brooklyn, N.Y.: Michael was born in Poland but studied his craft of fine pastry making in France. His company specializes in custom-made pastry and unique sandwich boards. Michael has catered some of New York’s major events including the Polish Consulate and the Kauffman Studios in Astoria, Queens. His California Prune tortes dipped in cognac are sublime, not to mention his scrumptious Cloud cake with mascarpone & meringue!
Communications Officer, Polish Institute New York: Magda, formerly Communications Dir., Kosciuszko Foundation, New York, leads the creative team at the PCI New York where she provides releases on Poland’s cultural and artistic temperament. She has served on the American Center of Polish Culture and is a graduate of NYU’s Heyman Ctr. for Philanthropy.