Binghamton Crowned Capital Of Pierogy Pocket

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2007 at 6:23 PM EDT

After weeks of anticipation and more than 60 thousand votes.

Binghamton is crowned Capital of the Pierogy Pocket.

Saint Michael's Church entered its Pierogies on behalf of the city.

"I am here obviously to share the great news, that amongst all the competition Binghamton is named the Pierogy Capital."

The President of Mrs. T's Pierogies declared the winning city at the birthplace of the Binghamton Pierogy.

Saint Michael's Greek Catholic Church.

"We were convinced we could prevail people supported this all over town. We heard about it for weeks. Did you vote, did you vote, did you vote," says Father Jim Dutko of St. Michael's.

If you're not quite sure what a pierogy is, it's a combination of pasta and potato.

It's pretty delicious.

The traditional ethnic treat has been handmade at Saint Michael's for 43 years.

It was Monsignor Steven Dutko, now known as the Pirohi King, who called on his parishioners to start making Pierogies.

"We needed some extra money for renovating the church. And I asked the people to make a sacrifice, labor of love," says Msgr. Steven Dutko of St. Michael's.

A labor of love and community support that brought Binghamton the crown in Mrs T's online contest.

The parish also wins a prize.

"10,000 dollars."

The money will go to CHOW.

The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

Director Ed Blaine says it can't come at a better time.

"It's a really important time of the year for us. Because we're gearing up for what traditionally is the period of most demand for food from CHOW," says Blaine.

Blaine says he might even use some money to provide perogies for people who use the food pantries.

Mrs T's served its pierogies at the celebration.

This was the second annual search for the Capital of the Pierogy Pocket.

The Pierogy Pocket is an area of the U.S. where pierogy consumption is highest, from the Mid Atlantic up through the Northeast and New England.

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