Last week we told you about a pair of Ukrainian sisters in Virginia who were using their culinary skills to raise money to help Ukrainians. Slava Dutchak and her sister Elona were selling traditional Ukrainian baked goods and donating the money to charities providing humanitarian relief in Ukraine.
Virginia peanut butter maven Radhika Murari was also looking for a way to use her cooking skills to help Ukrainians and connected with the Dutchak sisters online. The three food entrepreneurs (food-trepreneurs?) decided they’d collaborate on a borscht-making class to raise money to support World Central Kitchen’s Ukrainian relief efforts. The plan was for the Dutchak sisters to teach the class and Murari would handle everything else.
Well, the class—called Cook For Ukraine—took place over the weekend and was a huge success. Over 40 people packed into Murari’s Virginia home to take part and the class was also live-streamed to hundreds more via Zoom. When it was all said and done, the class brought in over $174-thousand from more than a thousand donors. The event was such a success that Murari plans to use what she’s learned to host future events to raise money for other worthy causes.