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Belgium in Poland
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October 31, 2013   
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If you want to try Belgian specialties in Poland, your safest bet is Batida, a company that offers catering services, a restaurant and a chain of confectioneries inspired by the cuisine of French-speaking countries.

The company was established in the final days of communism in Poland. Batida was one of the first signs of the change in the air in an overwhelmingly gray country. At the time, the owners, Warsaw-based Jadwiga and Zygmunt Radziszewski, frequently traveled to Belgium to visit their daughter Jolanta, who was living there. Delighted by the local specialties, they decided to open a bakery on Nowogrodzka Street in Warsaw, tempting passersby with the appetizing scent of hot baguettes and croissants. That first shop became a success, encouraging the Radziszewskis to expand and open a restaurant and a confectionery.

Batida candies and cakes have been popular for years, largely owing to a famous Belgian confectioner named Jef Damme, who became a consultant for the company. Helping prepare Batida desserts, mousses and pralines, he made sure that they won over the hearts—and palates—of Warsaw residents. Batida today comprises a restaurant, six confectioneries in Warsaw and a wide range of catering services.
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