How the Massachusetts Restaurant Industry Supports Ukraine


Restaurants and food businesses around the world mobilise themselves in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, whether by raising funds to feed refugees or providing other forms of support in the form of money, supplies or solidarity.

World Central Kitchen by restaurateur José Andrés, a non-profit food aid association who became particularly well-known during the pandemic but dates back to 2010, is on the ground in Poland feeding Ukrainians fleeing the border. The group also works in Odessa, Ukraine, and sends volunteers to other neighboring countries for additional help.

Locally, World Central Kitchen is a typical target for restaurant industry fundraisers in times of crisis, and it’s no different this time around. Jaju Pierogi, a Massachusetts-based pierogi company, for example, donated $1,000 to World Central Kitchen after committing 20% off a day’s sale late February, and La Saison Bakery in Cambridge held a sourdough bake sale on March 2, 2022 to support World Central Kitchen’s efforts in and around Ukraine.

Boston-area businesses donate elsewhere as well. Downtown wine bar Haley Henry, for example, donated (and matched) proceeds from its weekly hot dog special on March 2, 2022 to the Ukrainian Crisis Relief Fund by GlobalGiving. “As Ukrainians continue to fight for their land, their freedoms and their democracy, we can’t help but try to find a way to help in any way we can,” the bar said. job.

Below are ongoing opportunities to donate to various organizations in support of Ukraine, along with other updates and messages of support from local food businesses. This list will be updated; email with any information.

Specific fundraising dates to come

bread board bakery
203A Broadway, Arlington

As part of Bakers Against Racism #BakeForUkraine initiative, Breadboard will sell blue and yellow peace sign cookies and sour cherry sunflower sourdough to raise funds for CARE in support of his work in Ukrainewith all proceeds from these two items going to the organization. Pre-orders start March 3; cookies will be available from March 4 and bread will be available from March 6.

Yum Bunnies Pastry
241 Belmont Street, Belmont

The local bakery is hosting a “Funfetti for Ukraine” fundraiser, donating $5 from sales of each pot of funfetti cake, its most popular flavor, to World Central Kitchen. This fundraiser is in effect for pick-up dates of March 11 and 12; customers should pre-order before March 4.

Boston Polish American Citizens Club
82 Boston Street, Boston

The local Polish American club is organize a fundraiser for Ukraine on the night of March 5, with a raffle and a silent auction with gift certificates donated by many local businesses, including restaurants.

Bagels Goldilox
186 Winthrop Street, Medford

For orders placed for pickups on March 5, 6, and 7, the Medford Bagel Shop is with World Central Kitchen like his “lox love” organization of the week. Goldilox donates $20 to the organization of their choice each week, plus anything collected from customer orders: customers have the option to add a contribution to their order to be donated to the recipient weekly. (No purchase necessary to donate, and no donation necessary to order bagels.)

Black nightshade noodle bar
73 Exchange Street, Lynn

For the weekend of March 5-6, Nightshade is donate the profits of his Moon Rabbit cocktail to UNICEF to support its work by providing Ukrainian children with clean water, health care and more.

Kings dining and entertainment
Five Massachusetts Locations

On March 7, all Massachusetts Kings locations will offer a special $50 unlimited bowling package (including shoes, pizza and fountain drinks), with 100% of proceeds going to World Central Kitchen.

At Mamaleh
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge; 1659 Beacon Street, Brookline; 100 High Street, Boston

During the week leading up to Purim (Purim falls on the evening of March 16 to the evening of March 17 this year), Mamaleh’s will have hamantaschen available and will donate 10% of hamantaschen sales to the Polish humanitarian action in support of its assistance to Ukrainian refugees at the Polish border. This is part of an international effort called Hamantachen for Ukraine.

Blacker’s Bakery
543 Commonwealth Ave, Newton

Like Mamaleh’s, Blacker’s participates in Hamantashen for Ukraine and donates part of its hamantaschen sales this Purim.

Sofra Bakery & Cafe
1 Belmont Street, Cambridge

East Sofra also participating in Hamantashen for Ukraine. For the week of March 7, the bakery will be selling boxes of six chocolate sesame hamantaschen made with tahini, cocoa and halva for $15, with all proceeds going to Polish Humanitarian Aid. The boxes will be available for walk-in coffee orders and online pre-orders.

Laughing Monk Cafe
737 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The Thai and Japanese restaurant Brigham Circle donates 10% of its sales on March 18 and 19 to World Central Kitchen.

50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston

For March 2022, Alcove is offering a cocktail called Nightingale’s Flight, a riff on an aviation classic named after Ukraine’s official bird and featuring homemade lemon vodka. $1 from every Nightingale’s Flight purchased will be donated to World Central Kitchen. “We all want to do something to show our support for Ukraine,” head bartender Will Piquette said via press release. “Our team came together and agreed that it was important to raise funds to help Chef Jose Andres and his miraculous WCK; its teams are already on the ground preparing hot meals for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the assault. Together we created this beautiful cocktail that actually has the evocative soft glow of the ghost of Kiev (whether the ghost is real or an urban legend); we support the Ukrainian people and their spirit.

Fundraising in progress

Aeronaut Brewing Co.
14 Tyler Street, Somerville; 199 Ashland Street, Everett

Aeronaut has joined forces with the Fédération de la Bière and his Brew for Ukraine initiative raise funds for CARE Ukraine Crisis Fund, launching Red Eyes, a collaboration with Pravda Beer Theater in Lviv, Ukraine. 100% of Red Eyes profits will be donated to the cause. Donations of ingredients and materials from supplier Aeronaut and its partners for the production of the beer enabled the brewery to make an anticipated donation of $4,000, with more to come.

Konditor Meister
32 Wood Road, Braintree

The bakery is sale of special cupcakes (order online) of which 100% of the profits benefit the Save the Children Foundation, which works to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and beyond. Konditor Meister also matches the amount collected.

Curio Spice Co.
2265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Local spice company Curio Spice Co. has set a goal to donate $5,000 to World Central Kitchen. For every signature spice blend purchased at the donation price of $20 or for each Curio tote purchased, the company will donate $15. Local pickup and shipping is available.

Andrew Janjigian aka @wordloaf
Central Square, Cambridge

The America’s Test Kitchen alum now posting his own “breaducational” newsletter is hosting a bake sale over the next few weeks, offering several different loaves of bread to pick up in the central plaza; find all the details here. All proceeds will be donated to Ukrainian charities; he hasn’t chosen which ones yet but mentions a few that are on his radar, like World Central Kitchen, Appeal from Caritas Ukraine, United States for UNHCRand peace sunflower.

Tea House Pancakes
261 Union Street, West Springfield; 157 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick

The duo of European tea rooms donates part of its sales to various organizations supporting humanitarian work in Ukraine. “This war affects us since most of our employees are from this region or have family ties there,” Crepes said. announcement. “As an Eastern European restaurant, we believe we have a moral obligation to support the people of Ukraine during this difficult time.”

Tokava coffee
7 Pond St., Jamaica Plain

Tokava Coffee helps raise funds for shop friends Tien Le and Tomek Duszyk, who buy medical supplies not available in neighboring countries of Ukraine and send them to Warsaw to retired border guard friends. Donations are accepted via Venmo, and customers are also asked to bring requested medical supplies to the cafe (CAT tourniquets, emergency bandages and Celox gauze). Donate to this fund or any organization supporting Ukraine and get a free filter coffee. Details and updates at instagram. (Tokava is able to continue providing the free coffee thanks to donations from Tiny Arms Coffee Roasters in Lowell and Broadsheet Coffee in Cambridge, co-owner Natalie Gaida told Eater.)

Lucie Drink & Dine
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston

$1 each B Strong martini lemon drop sold will be donated to Bfort in partnership with the Global Empowerment Mission and its work in Ukraine.

502 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In honor of a long-time employee of Viale from Ukraine whose family is still there, Viale encourages donations to a fund this will go to food, medicine, ammunition and other equipment needed by Ukrainians. The restaurant will also donate and match $2 of each Free Ukrainian Cocktail sold.

Other initiatives

Supermarkets Bazaar
424 Cambridge Street, Boston; 1432 Beacon Street, Brookline; 30 Tower Road, Newton; 855 Worcester Street, Framingham

The company behind four local Russian and European grocery stores (Newton’s is called Baza) has announcement that it will stop buying and importing Russian products. “We are reaching out to you during these difficult times, not only as a local business, but also as a member of your community who cannot remain ignorant of current events.”

BBQ stop
10 Vernon Street, Wakefield

Pitstop ownership is Ukrainian and sharing updates on social networks, including several calls to action. For example, people can contact their local representatives and ask them to let the government know that Ukraine needs protection, medical supplies and military supplies. In addition, the National Bank of Ukraine created an account which accepts deposits “for military and civilian purposes,” the Pitstop team said, promising to post information about other organizations in the future.


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