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Party prep, Armenian style: Members of Sts. Vartanantz work overtime to get ready for annual festival







Margaret Stepanian remembers the first festival fundraiser for Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church in Providence.

“We served ham and beans,” she said. “It was 50 years ago and it was done by the church’s youth group.”

Things have changed quite a bit. When the church hosts Armenian Fest 2017, it will be a two-day event at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. They will serve more than 1,600 full, homemade dinners on Saturday night alone. There will be chicken kebab, shish kebab, losh kebab and kufta meatballs.

For sale will be endless handmade Armenian pastries and delicacies including choreg, zatah, tel khadaif and paklava.

Choreg is a sweet roll that can be enjoyed many ways.

“Some people like to cut it in half and serve it with a slice of cheese and tomato,” said Liz Kopian.

Jayne Zobian is one of the women who works on the gatah, which is a big round pastry that tastes like a croissant and requires that the dough be rolled as thin as possible.

Tel khadaif is a shredded-wheat pastry filled with a nuts mix.

Paklava is a pastry similar to the Greek baklava but they make the pieces long rather than tray style.

The festival will also have a sandwich shop and sell falafel.

“The men and women have been cooking every Monday and Wednesday since August making gatah, and choreg, our mainstay,” said Joyce Yeremian. “The other job has been making the meat kuftas, which is a three-day job for the finished product.”

They have 8,000 kufta meatballs ready for sale, both spicy and mild. Last year, they made 5,000 and they were gone long before the festival ended.

The kufta meatballs are sold frozen and then people boil them in broth. For some, it is an opportunity to enjoy food their mothers and grandmothers made. For other guests, it’s an international dish they could only get by traveling.

And that’s why the church’s men and women switched from ham and beans to featuring the foods of Armenia, a homeland most of them never saw. Many of the women preparing the foods in the church kitchen off Broadway had parents who were survivors of the Armenian genocide and were relocated to other countries in Europe and the Middle East.

“We want to carry on our traditions,” said Stepanian, 77.

Each province of Armenia had its own specialty and way of preparing the foods, she said.

“As they moved into other countries, they adapted the ingredients to what they had,” she said.

Over three days before the festival, the church members prepare the grape leaves and marinate all the kekob meats in the Sara “Sally” Mouradjian Kitchen.

“We have a day and night shift,” said Yeremian. “We have a freezer downstairs and also store food in another location with a huge freezer.”

It’s a big project, and then they have to transport everything to Rhodes and set up on Saturday, starting at 6 a.m., to be able to open at noon.

“These ladies and men work so hard for three months,” said Father Kapriel Nazarian, the church pastor. “They find joy in seeing people enjoy the food.”

The congregation moved in back in 1940, when it took over what was an Episcopalian church.

Hazel Kizirian, 91, moved to Rhode Island when she married at 21. Now she is a senior member of the congregation. She said the festival is important financially as a fundraiser, but it’s also fun.

“It’s like an indoor picnic,” she said. “And no one will ever ask you to leave.”

Details: Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church Armenian Fest 2017 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, armenianfestri.com. In addition to the food, there is an Armenian country store, silent auction, jewelry and handicrafts, an Armenian book and tape shop, a historical cultural exhibit, a flea market, children’s activities, art, crafts, gift baskets, live music. Saturday, Nov. 11, noon-9 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12, noon-8 p.m.

Choreg

Armenian sweet rolls

3 packages dry yeast

2 cups sugar, divided use

5-pound bag King Arthur Flour, divided use

½ cup Crisco shortening

1 pound butter

2 large cans evaporated milk

5 jumbo eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon mahleb (or cinnamon, see note)

2 eggs for brushing

Combine the yeast, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, 1 tablespoon of the flour and a ½-cup warm water and let rise about 5 minutes.

Melt Crisco and butter together.

Warm the milk.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, salt, mahleb or cinnamon, and remaining sugar together.

Combine the egg mixture, milk and shortening. Then add the yeast mixture.

In another large bowl, add the remaining flour. Then add the egg, shortening and yeast mixture. Knead until dough is easily freed from your fingers, about 10 minutes.

Put a bit of vegetable oil on hands and rub over dough. Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place 2-3 hours.

Punch down and let rise a second time.

Shape the choreg into knots the size of a roll. Place on parchment-covered cookie sheets. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Turn tray halfway through baking for even cooking.

Note: Mahleb is a spice. Find it at Sonia’s Near East Market and Deli, 816 Park Ave., Cranston.


By Gail Ciampa -Journal Food Editor

http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20171107/party-prep-armenian-style-members-of-sts-vartanantz-work-overtime-to-get-ready-for-annual-festival


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