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Hit Up Southside Espresso This Weekend for a Kolache Pop-Up Sure to Please

What happens when you get the Sugar Hooker and H-Town StrEATs together for breakfast?


This Saturday, June 28, Rebecca Masson (a.k.a. the Sugar Hooker) of Fluff Bake Bar and Jason Hill and Matt Opaleski of food truck H-Town StrEATs are teaming up at Southside Espresso to present Czech It Out, a sweet and savory kolache pop-up.

"This is the third time we've teamed up with H-Town StrEATs to do a kolache pop-up," says Masson, who organized the event. She often does pop-ups on her own at Southside Espresso, but, as she says, "The boys do savory better than we do. Their flavors are more interesting."

The combination of Masson's sweets with Hill's and Opaleski's savory goodies is bound to bring the crowds.

The pop-up will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and last until the kolaches--all 400 of them--are sold out. Masson says the record for selling out is 10:30 a.m., so get there early.

H-Town StrEATs will be making kolaches filled with boudain and Gatlin's barbecue, as well as a few square varieties, one topped with tomato and mozzarella bruschetta and another with kimchi, mascarpone and bacon.

Masson is sticking to the sweets with lemongrass and coconut; peaches with Werther's Original curd; guava and cream cheese; and cherries and Thai basil.

"The dough recipe I have came from a friend of mine whose great-grandmother was Czech," Masson says, "so my recipe is a family recipe. Not my family, but..."

Both Masson and H-Town StrEATs have said that the pop-up isn't affiliated with Hill's and Opaleski's upcoming shop Hugs & Donuts, currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign to aid in the build-out of the space next to Fat Cat Creamery in the Heights.

"We used to do a lot of themed pop-ups at Southside, like pate a choux or éclairs," Masson says. "It's time for kolaches."

Sidenote: While discussing kolaches with the H-Town StrEATs boys, we asked if there are different names for filled kolaches versus kolaches that have an indentation containing a dollop of fruit (and sometimes savory stuff, too). Hill says there are different names, but he doesn't know them. A little Internet searching turned a possibility: Kolaches are the sweet versions (ususally topped), while klobasniky are the savory ones (usually stuffed).

So, do you know? Are there different names for stuffed kolaches versus topped kolaches? This is important, guys.

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Kaitlin Steinberg