By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jan 08, 2021 at 2:01 PM

There's just over a month of sleeps left before Paczki Day (Feb. 16)!

But you can begin the celebration early with the Third Annual Paczki Party hosted by the Wisconsin Bakers Association at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., in Franklin.

The 2021 event will be a bit different than previous years, utiliizing a hybrid experience that includes curbside packi pick-up on the day of the event, as well as a virtual party and voting.

Participating Wisconsin Baking Association member vendors include:

How to participate

Those who wish to participate in the Paczki Party can pre-order their paczki online now for pick-up on Jan. 31 at the Polish Center. Each order includes a party box (one paczki from each participating bakery) mardi gras beads, a digital swag bag, and a link that grants access to vote in the online People's Choice awards for $15. Everyone who votes will also be entered in a random drawing to win a dozen paczki. Attendees can also order special Paczki Party hoodies for $30 each.

But don't delay. The deadline to pre-order a Paczki Party hooded sweatshirt is Monday, Jan. 18 and all Paczki Party Boxes must be ordered on or before Monday, Jan. 25.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.