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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Holy Cross Armenian Church, Union City, NJ hosts its Annual Bazaar and Food Festival Saturday, November 1st

The Kalajian and Dabbakian families have deep roots in New Jersey. Holy Cross Armenian Church in Union City, NJ was the site of both Doug’s parents and my parents marriages in 1942 - just two weeks apart from each other!

As children, Doug and I both attended numerous functions at this church with our respective families as did those whose ancestors came from the region of Dikranagerd.

When I received a recent email announcing the 2014 Food Festival at Holy Cross Church, I knew I had to post it. 

Who can come? Anyone in the NY-NJ metropolitan area (even out-of-town visitors!) can attend the annual bazaar and food festival this coming Saturday, November 1st.  Admission is FREE!

What time? The event begins at 5 PM with a Halloween party for children. Dinner, the main attraction, follows at 6PM.
The festivities end around 10 PM, or maybe 11PM - you know, Armenian time!!

What's on the menu? Well, for one thing ...  KAVOURMA, a very Dikranagerdtsi specialty, and an array of Armenian deliciousness to delight even the fussiest diner. (See the poster above for more details.)

 A word of warning: Don't come too late; allow plenty of time to eat - and - be entertained by DJ Berj.

So, if you’re in the area, stop by for lots of food and family fun! And please have some kavourma for Doug and me! (And tell them The Armenian Kitchen.com sent you!)

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Successful Ghapama Day at St. David Armenian Church, Boca Raton, FL!

Ghapama prepared by Yeretsgin Anna

After much hard work and anticipation, Yeretsgin Anna and her team of devoted Armenian School-Sunday School mothers, put together a most enjoyable array of refreshments for the parishioners of St. David Armenian Church on Sunday, October 26th
Yeretsgin Anna (back row, center-right) with the students from St. David Armenian Church Armenian-Sunday School

The women prepared Ghapama and Jingalov Hats as part of a Cultural Day program for the children who attend Armenian language and religion classes in the church's Manoogian School. The students, dressed in Halloween costumes, participated by helping fill the hollowed pumpkins with a mixture of rice, nuts, and assorted dried fruit.
 Students help fill the hollow pumpkins before baking.

Jingalov Hats

Honey was drizzled into the rice filling, and melted butter was ladled over the top of each pumpkin before baking.

Yeretsgin Anna puts the finishing touch on the ghapama before baking.
Father Paren and Yeretsgin Anna serve parishioners Ghapama and Jingalov Hats

The result was a delicious taste of Armenia enjoyed by all!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ghapama Day at St David Armenian Church, Boca Raton, FL

Every Sunday coffee hour follows church services in the Fellowship Hall at St. David Armenian Church. It’s a great way for parishioners to meet friends and, on occasion, enjoy a cultural event.

At our last Women’s Guild meeting, Father Paren Galstyan asked if I knew what Ghapama was. I assured him I did, and that I even knew of a song which pays tribute to this traditional Armenian dish. I showed him the existing post on this very topic
Yereztgin Anna, 2nd from right, serves her Ghapama to the congregation in their previous parish in the Mid-West.
Father Paren informed me that *Yeretzgin Anna, is quite the ghapama expert. In fact, she will be hosting coffee hour on Sunday, October 26th with her special ghapama recipe. She hosted a similar ghapama event at their previous parish in the Mid-West to the delight of the congregation.
* A special note to non-Armenian readers:  'Yeretzgin' is a term which designates one as a priest's wife.

What is ghapama, you ask? Father Paren was kind enough to explain it in the church e-newsletter: 
“Ghapama (Armenian: ղափամա) is an Armenian stuffed pumpkin dish, often prepared during the holiday season. It is prepared by removing the flesh of the pumpkin (known as դդում in Armenian, pronounced ddum in Eastern Armenian and ttum in Western Armenian) and stuffing it with boiled rice and a variety of dried fruits such as chopped almonds, apple, corn, apricot, prunes and raisins. It is also common to pour on honey and mix in ground cinnamon or sugar. The pumpkin is then baked until it becomes soft, and then brought to the table where it is cut up and served.”

If you’re in the neighborhood on October 26th, please come to St. David Armenian Church, 2300 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL. Church service begins at 10:30 AM. Then join us in the fellowship hall for a taste of this very special dish!