Pub in Kelowna, B.C. gears up for fundraiser to support Ukraine – Okanagan

A local chef from Kelowna, British Columbia, has teamed up with a Ukrainian refugee to create a Ukrainian-inspired menu for a fundraiser on Saturday night.

The staff at Kelowna’s Creekside Pub and Grill prepare a special meal.

“We’re doing a Ukrainian fundraiser to raise money to send back to Ukraine and we’ll be using a Ukrainian-inspired menu,” said Patrick Cunningham, manager of the Creekside Pub and Grill Kitchen.

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“We will be doing a variety of perogies. I think we have five different flavors of perogies, and there will also be a variety of sauces to go with them along with fried onions and different types of sausages, sauerkraut.

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The day before the buffet, it’s about perfecting the borscht soup, a first for Cunningham.

“It should take about two to two and a half hours, just so we can get nice, tender meat and the flavors come together really well,” Cunningham said.

Since the restaurant is not generally known for its Ukrainian cuisine, volunteers from the Kelowna booths with a Ukrainian organization help them perfect the recipes that are prepared for the Saturday buffet.

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“Roman is a refugee from Ukraine and he was a chef back home and now he’s working in construction here in Kelowna and trying to get a job as a chef as well. In the meantime, he is helping to prepare for the event,” said Kelowna Stands With Ukraine volunteer Mykola Morozov.

Money raised from Saturday’s fundraiser will go directly to helping Ukrainians.

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“We hope to raise funds to buy a new generator for Ukrainian children for children in Ukraine who really need a heating source at this stage,” Mykola said.

“If any funds remain, they will be transferred to organizing events for local newcomers here in Kelowna and across the Okanagan.”

Fundraising will include a buffet, silent auction and karaoke. It starts at 4 p.m. and is open to the public with tickets that can be purchased on the Kelowna Stands with Ukraine Facebook page.

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