When Danuta and Jerzy Drozen fled from the political upheaval in Jaroslav, Poland, in 1988, they had little idea where their travels would take them. They first went to Spain, then eventually moved to Dallas, where Danuta had a brother.

Though things in Poland have settled down considerably – enough so that the couple can make visits home – they choose to remain in Dallas and have even become American citizens. They’ve made a life for themselves here, including their 11-year-old business, European Market and Deli, at the southwest corner of Central and Forest.

Here, you’ll find a nice little menu full of Polish and other Eastern European specialities: things such as pierogis (flavorful dumplings filled with cheeses, meats, seasonings and veggies), bigos (a savory hunter’s stew), cabbage rolls (pictured below) and much more, including regular and panini sandwiches and soups.

But you’ll also find that floor-to-ceiling shelves on both sides of the place are stocked with Eastern European groceries. There’s also a glass case offering an assortment of Old World-style cured meats. So, if the Drozens’ cooking inspires you, you can always stock up on goods to try some dishes at home. In the meantime, start practicing with the cabbage roll recipe (see below), which Danuta says are even better the day after making them.

EURO MARKET AND DELI
11613 N. Central (at Forest), Ste. 111A ~ 214-696-5441
HOURS: Mon 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tue-Wed 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu-Fri 10 a.m.-
7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
$

Polish-style Cabbage Rolls
2 lbs. lean ground beef
½ cup rice, uncooked
1 medium-sized onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 quarts tomato juice
1 head of cabbage

Prepare cabbage leaves by cutting the core out with a knife, and place cabbage side down in a steamer for 10 minutes. Remove soft outer leaves from head. To soften remainder of the leaves, return head to steamer. With a sharp knife, remove as much of the central vein as possible.

Filling: Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl, and work with hands until thoroughly mixed. (Tomato juice may not mix entirely). Take some of the mixture and place in the hollow of a deveined leaf, with core facing you. Fold the nearest end halfway over the mix. Do likewise for left and right side. Roll one-half turn away from you so that the “seam” is on the bottom. Place in pan seam-side down, and continue with other leaves. Pour excess tomato juice over rolls evenly. Bring to a boil, then simmer for at least one hour. Serve in a bowl with the juice.

Variations: Garlic, paprika and chili powder will work in the stuffing. V-8 instead of tomato juice is pleasantly different.

Arts & Entertainment

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse Friday, Oct. 3, Amy Carol Webb and Dan Pelletier; Friday, Oct. 10, Christine Kane and Brian Joseph; Oct. 17, Roy Book Binder; Oct. 24, Cindy Kalmenson, with special guest Elanie Kelakos; and Oct. 31, Jack Gladstone. A smoke-free, alcohol-free venue for live music. All shows start at 8 p.m. and are $10-$12 unless noted. Northpark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central. For information, call 214-363-0044 or visit www.unclecalvins.org.

The Writers Studio Sunday, Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m. Join The Writer’s Garret and KERA 90.1 for the interview of Maxine Hong Kingston, internationally acclaimed author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey and Hawaii One Summer. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh. For information call 214-871-3300 or visit www.writersgarret.org.

Peter Schoeffer: Printer of Mainz Through Monday, Dec. 8 The Bridwell Library presents this free exhibit marking the 500th anniversary of the death of printer Peter Schoeffer, the youngest and most successful of the pioneering printers who worked in Mainz with Johannes Gutenberg. The exhibit highlights more than 40 of Bridwell Library’s most notable 15th-century books, including 31 leaves from the Gutenberg Bible. On the SMU campus, 6005 Bishop. Call 214-768-3440 for information.

Beautiful Bach, Brilliant Brahms Friday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. The SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ 2003-2004 music season is underway, highlighted by international renowned guest performers, composers and conductors, with programs ranging from classics to world premiers, opera to jazz. Soprano Joan Heller of the Meadows faculty joins the Meadows Symphony Orchestra for this month’s concert. Tickets range from $6-12 for single performances with subscriptions starting at $30. Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop, SMU campus. Call the ticket office at 214-768-2787.

Meadows Chorale Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Featuring the most advanced musical talent in the school, the Meadows Chorale regularly receives invitations to perform throughout the country. Dr. Alfred Calabrese, a past member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and former assistant to Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, joins SMU this year as the new director of choral activities. The free concert will be held at Caruth Auditorium on the SMU campus, 6101 Bishop.

The Capitol Steps Sunday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. The Jewish Community Center of Dallas presents this troupe of congressional-staffers-turned-comedians, who satirize the very people and organizations that once employed them. The event takes place at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, with tickets ranging from $36-$150. Proceeds will help support scholarships, programs and services provided by the JCC. 2351 Performance, Richardson. For tickets, call 972-744-4650.

Mandy Patinkin Concert Sunday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section, presents the Tony- and Emmy-award winner in concert at the Charles W. Eisemann Center. Tickets range from $52 to $152, benefiting National Council of Jewish Women projects dedicated to bettering the greater Dallas area. 2351 Performance, Richardson. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com.

Spanish Art Exhibits The Meadows Museum presents two special exhibits: “Spanish Master Drawings from Dutch Collections (1500-1900),” through Sunday, Nov. 9; and “Images of Human Tragedy in Black & White: Etchings by Francisco de Goya and photographs by Jeffrey Gusky,” through Sunday, Jan. 4. Admission to both exhibits is free. 5900 Bishop.

Pugsley’s Library Live music on Saturdays. Openers 7-8:30 p.m., headliners 9-11 p.m. 2443 Walnut Hill. For information, call 972-243-1111 or visit www.pugsleys.com.

Classes

Panadette Dance Clinic Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-noon. The award-winning Hillcrest High School Panader drill team will hold its annual dance clinic, with each attendee assigned a Panader “big sis” and learning a dance for her age level. Attendees may also perform with the Panaders on Feeder School Night, Friday, Oct. 24. The cost of the clinic is $40, which includes the dance lesson, a Panadette pizza party and a souvenir T-shirt. For information call the Panader office at 972-502-6829.

Community

Oktoberfest Friday, Oct. 10, 3-9 p.m. Bring the family to this annual event under the big white tent. Enjoy a petting zoo, pony and wagon rides and a space walk until 7 p.m., and food and music from 6-9 p.m. At the southwest corner of Preston Royal Shopping Center.

Discover! The Rain Forest Learn about the countries that are home to rain forests, from Indonesia to Africa to Brazil, at the Dallas Children’s Museum. Dia de los Muertos: through Monday, Nov. 3, explore the language folk art and symbols of a Mexican national holiday and make Day of the Dead altar art. Diwali Festival: Wednesday, Oct. 15 – Friday, Nov. 21, re-tell the story of this Hindu festival with puppets. Wear Indian garments, wrap a turban, decorate your hands with Hindi henna patterns.

Library Live! Me and My World Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this engaging exploration of how children fit into the world around them, with Jake and Teresa. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal.

Internet Predators: Keeping Your Child Safe Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m. All parents are invited to attend this educational forum on how to protect children from online predators using available tools and resources. Co-sponsored by the Dallas Police Department, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and the Junior League of Dallas. Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest at Northwest Highway. For more information and to RSVP, call 214-818-2609.

Preston Royal Book Discussion Group Wednesday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. Join us for a lively discussion of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal.

Partners Card Week Saturday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Nov. 2. The Partners Card offers 20 percent savings at more than 600 retail venues this week, with proceeds benefiting the Family Place, Dallas’ largest non-profit family violence agency. Cards are $60 and are available at area merchants, online at www.familyplace.org or by calling 214-443-7754.

Senior Expo Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Jewish Community Center of Dallas hosts this second annual Guaranty Bank/JCC Senior Expo, featuring vendors, information, resources and seminars for older adults and children of aging parents and relatives. Seminars presented throughout the day will include presentations by Dr. Paul Chafetz, Bonnie Glazer, Mitzi Werther and author and humorist Rose-Mary Rumbley, as well as Guaranty Bank and Medical City Dallas. Box lunches are available for purchase with advance payment and reservation, for $4.50 each. Payment must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 21. Call 214-739-2737 or email sbalaban@jccdallas.org for information.

Schools

Hillcrest High School Homecoming Friday, Oct. 3. This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas! The parade starts at 5:30 p.m., in front of the school, and game time is 7:30 p.m. As always, there will be a prize for best float, and there will be a special celebration for the Hillcrest Panaders 50th anniversary.

Food on Feeder Night Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7 p.m. For only $3 for students and $5 for adults, the Hillcrest Panaders will serve you and your family hot pizza, a green salad and a cold drink before the Feeder School Night game. All proceeds will support the HHS Panader drill team. Hillcrest High School cafeteria, 9924 Hillcrest. To order tickets, call 972-502-6829.

Stories Under the Stars Thursday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and picnic and join others in Pershing Elementary School’s Pumpkin Patch. 5715 Meaders Lane, between Inwood and Preston. Call 214-368-8718.


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