Taste 18 Ukrainian dishes – as Hull’s chef hosts a buffet for wartime charities


Hull-based Ukrainian chef Lena Sutherland is hosting a fundraising buffet with traditional dishes and songs from her war-torn homeland for charities working on the frontline.

Lena sold her well-known deli business in downtown Hull in April last year after 22 years and hoped to focus on a new home delivery business. Instead, first the pandemic and now the war intervened.

Now that she’s already hosted a fundraising dinner, she’s gearing up for an even bigger event next Saturday when she plans to serve a traditional buffet dinner at Jubliee Central Hall on King Edward Street in central London. city. A full menu of 18 different Ukrainian dishes will be available, around half of which will be vegetarian or vegan.

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She said: “People can taste Ukrainian cuisine and our language, art and culture and learn about the people who make it. We will feature four internationally renowned Ukrainian artists and members of the local Ukrainian community will perform a well-known protest song and public participation will be encouraged!”

Saturday’s event starts at 1pm with a ticket priced at £25 per person and free entry for children up to the age of 12. Proceeds will go to a number of charities based in Ukraine.

Ukrainian friends Lena Sutherland and Tanya Koch

Earlier this year, Lena spoke about her fears for her country following the Russian invasion. She added: “There will also be an opportunity to buy Ukrainian souvenirs, gifts and postcards and we will give an update on where the money we collect is going, who it is helping and the latest news from the front line. It will also be an opportunity for people to get to know each other and talk.”

To reserve a table call either 07843790471 or 07515931163 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. People are also encouraged to bring their own drinks.

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