Dawn Orsak has spent much of her adult life learning about Texas-Czech foodways.
What started as a personal interest of preserving family history through recipes has turned into a company called At Memory’s Table, where she’ll help others gather their own family recipes, record the stories behind them and preserve them in various forms.
In 2016, Orsak co-curated a traveling exhibit on the history of Texas-Czech culture, and one of the biggest ways Texas-Czech heritage has been preserved is through the popularity of kolaches, which you can find everywhere from the refrigerated section of H-E-B to one of the beloved kolache shops in West or La Grange.
Back in 2014, Orsak and I made the journey over to Caldwell to judge the town’s annual kolache baking competition, and now Orsak is getting into the kolache business herself. Through her new cottage business, she’s selling Old School Kolaches, as she’s calling them, by the tray.
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You can pick up to four flavors — apricot, pecan, fig, poppyseed, prune, peach and apple — for delivery to South and Central Austin at atmemorystable.com. A tray of 24 kolaches (or two trays of 12) costs $60, including delivery.
We tried these kolaches in my Relish Austin livestream last week, which is now sponsored by H-E-B.