Continuing the tradition established by bagel Saturday, biscuit Saturday and English muffin Saturday, Revival Market will host kolache Saturday tomorrow, May 26, from 8 a.m. until sell out. Yes, Texas' own Czech pastry of love, that cross between a danish, a doughnut and pure baked awesome gets the Revival treatment. As Revival explains to its customers, they are better at eating kolaches than making them. Therefore, they enlisted the help of local baker Victoria Rittinger, a woman whose kolaches are so well regarded they are used as inducements to convince friends to adopt the kittens she fosters. When Rittinger contributes her kolaches to charitable bake sales such as January's Valentines for Soldiers, they are among the first items to sell out. In other words, Victoria makes damn good kolaches.
Rittinger tells Eater she was happy to share her recipe with Revival's chef Ryan Pera. "It's heartening to see my Grandma Elsie and Aunt Katie's traditions being carried on."
Pera, for his part, appreciated Rittinger's help. "Victoria's enthusiasm for kolache's is infectious. I knew I needed someone like her to train me, the uninitiated."
Revival will sell fruit filled kolaches for $1.95 and meat filled klobasneks (usually also called kolaches) for $2.45. While not all the flavors are known, they have announced two so far: peach, house bacon and bourbon and strawberry, lemon and basil. Follow them on twitter or EaterHouston for updates.
Ryan Pera, now a kolache baker[Gary R Wise]