“The Home of the Official Kolache of the Texas Legislature.” West, TX received that designation back in 1997 and, while such an honor perhaps leaves you less than awestruck, don’t sell the town, or the pastry, short. The kolache today is truly as Texan as it is Czech, and Texans go to great lengths to nab some of the fruit or poppy seed-filled pastries from one of West’s Czech bakeries.
A short documentary film, Kolache, TX, about one of those bakeries, Czech Stop, is nearing completion (have a taste, from their Kickstarter campaign, above). It’s directed by Texas filmmaker Chad Withers, with an assist from cinéma vérité giant Frederick Wiseman. We can’t wait to see it, hopefully with a freshly delivered box of kolache from Czech Stop in front of us!