“DC Chefs Unite for Fundraising Dinner to Support Ukrainians Displaced by Invasion”

photo by Victoria Pickering

From a press release:

“Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate (CSAH), founded by Tim Ma and Kevin Tien, announce the launch of an ambitious fundraising event on Monday, March 21, 2022 to support World Central Kitchen (WCK), founded by José Andrés, in its efforts to feed thousands of Ukrainian families and refugees displaced by the current invasion.

CSAH mobilized the industry for a one-night-only dinner, hosted by Moon Rabbit at the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf, for a 10-course meal (with optional wine pairings) featuring:

Brittanny Anderson (Leni All Day in DC; Brenner Pass and Metzger in Richmond)

Aaron Silverman (Rose’s Restaurant Group)

Ryan Ratino (Bresca and Jônt)

Jon Sybert (Tail Up Goat and Reverler’s Hour)

Yuan Tang (Rooster & Owl and Ellie Bird)

Greg Baumgarner (Cranes)

Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto and Power of 10)

Kevin Tien (Moon Rabbit, Hot Lola’s, and Magpie and the Tiger)

Tim Ma (Lucky Danger, Laoban Dumplings, and ExPat Hospitality)

Rose Previte (Compass Rose and Maydan)

CSAH–an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the ongoing attacks on the Asian American community and amplifying voices in support of social justice around the world–committed its resources in support of the Ukrainian people as they courageously fight for their lives, their homes, and their culture. WCK is working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks in the region to provide nourishing meals at border crossings, shelters, and other refugee communities.

“We were looking for a way to help. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like we are powerless to do something, but the best thing we can do is cook for change,” says Tien. The team pulled their network together in less than 24 hours, contacting everyone from World Central Kitchen to chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants.

“We knew we could put something together quickly, and we are so grateful for the city’s chefs stepping up without hesitation,” says Ma, who is a member of World Central Kitchen’s Chef Corps. “This dinner is just the outlet we need to get funds to World Central Kitchen whose team is directly on the ground and can offer immediate help.”

From DC chef-turned-humanitarian José Andrés, World Central Kitchen deploys chefs all over the world to help during natural and man-made disasters, feeding people in their most vulnerable states. All profits from the event will go directly to WCK’s #ChefsforUkraine activities.

Additionally, there is a call for corporate sponsors to match donations.

“Seeing the tragedy unfold over the past few days, the team at InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf is dedicated to doing our part to support Ukraine,” says Chris Lee, general manager of the hotel. “We are grateful to Tim and Kevin, of Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate, for spearheading the charge to organize this team of industry leaders and come together to aid those in need at this significant time.”

What: #ChefsForUkraine Fundraising Dinner
When: March 21, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Moon Rabbit, 801 Wharf St., SW, Washington, DC 20024
Why: Support World Central Kitchen’s relief efforts on the border of Ukraine

Tickets: $500, plus $200 optional wine pairing, via”

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