Sharing Greenwich Memories at the Spaghetti Creole Dinner in Byram

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Four generations at the Spaghetti Creole dinner on Saturday, Jan. 30: Seated, (center) Jean Pietrzak with Heidi, grand daughter Hayley Hupul and great grand daughter Hope. Jan. 30, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

The Spaghetti Creole dinner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Byram was packed on Saturday, Jan. 20, with fans of the guarded secret recipe gathering to eat, socialize and share memories of yesteryear in Greenwich.

Spaghetti Creole, the much heralded school hot-lunch menu item dating back to the 1960s in Greenwich, was served every Thursday for years. Among the crowd on Saturday night were four generations including Jean Pietrzak, Heidi Hupal, grand daughter Hayley Hupal and great grand daughter Hope.

According to Heidi, years ago Jean’s Aunt Mary Hrocenchik and her sister Anna Lawko were pastry cooks at Greenwich High School. “In the Beak they wrote a feature about the sisters. Together they had 30 years of service,” she said. “Years later, when my mom was pastry chef, when she retired they presented her with her mother’s recipe box full of recipes for making dishes in bulk – the ingredients were for a gallon of this, quart of that!”


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Margaret Gasparino  and Olga Mayores worked together at the “new” Greenwich High School’s bake shop for many years. Credit: Leslie Yager

Olga Mayores worked for 27 years cooking for students in Greenwich Schools, where she started as a helper in the bakery.

“They moved me to the new Greenwich High School where they put me on the salads. Then they put me in the bake shop,” Olga recalled.

Mrs. Mayores said work was quite pleasant in the kitchen at the high school. “We all got along wonderfully.  Everybody had their assignment – sandwich department, salads, bake shop – there were 20 women in the kitchen.”

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The kitchen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Byram was busier than ever at the Spaghetti Creole dinner on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Spaghetti Creole dinner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Byram. Jan. 30, 2016

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  • Heidi Pietrzak Hupal

    It was another great evening spent together with people that made me me. Growing up in a church and town and coming back and living life with everyone is the best feeling on earth. Having been brought up in Byram, going back three generations to my great grandmother, Maria Mukera Turanec, my grandparents, great aunts and uncles, parents and sisters etc., I realize nothing has really changed. The people that I have known all my life, their parents, grandparents and great grandparents were all friends living life both during hard times and happy. What an extraordinary place, Byram is to have that history.