Chef Tomas Slepicka, a Czech native who moved to Cedar Rapids in 2014, is teaching cooking classes through the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.
Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall dividing East and West Germany came down. Now, a miniature replica of that wall has gone up on the lawn of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, complete with graffiti art designed and painted by Cedar Rapids students.
Phoebe and Samuel Charles are on a mission — to promote Midwestern comfort food. With a mix of Czech, German and Iowa dishes on the menu at their new restaurant, Rodina, they’re starting to eke out a style of cuisine they hope will evoke a sense of place and memories of grandparents’ kitchens.
Marj Nejdl found her life’s work and passion almost by accident. The Master Czech Folk Artist has spent the last 47 years promoting the art of kraslice, or egg decorating.
When an economic downturn claimed some of their jobs, the Virgil and Jitka Schaffer household had a Plan B, thanks to Jitka’s Czech heritage.
Czech and Slovak Americans remember food shortages, forced labor and the horrors of concentration camps as part of their homeland experience during World War II.