On February 25 2022, the world watched on in horror as Russian troops invaded Ukraine.
Populated by around 44 million people, Ukraine has a wonderful culinary history, gifting the world the beetroot red borscht and a range of delicious breads, as well as fantastic wine. While fighting and disruption are causing damage and distress to the lives of millions of innocent Ukrainians, it is hard to know how to help from so far away. It seems that the best way to offer support is to donate to organisations on the ground in Ukraine that can provide immediate aid, such as the Red Cross and UNICEF.
Here in Ireland, lots of hospitality outlets around the country are hosting fundraisers and donating money in order to help aid Ukraine. Below we have listed details - if you have any info you would like us to share here, email [email protected] or DM us on social media. For up-to-date information about what is happening in Ukraine, visit businesspost.ie.
Cloud Picker, Dublin
The brilliant team at Cloud Picker on Pearse Street is providing a range of ways for consumers to support Ukraine. First up is the U for Ukraine campaign, a massive raffle with incredible prizes up for grabs. There are three levels of tickets available to purchase, with different prizes available for each, and all funds will be donated to the UNICEF fund to help Ukraine. The fundraising raffle is open to anyone in the EU and UK.
The first prize is an incredible Victoria Arduino White Eagle Digit coffee machine, worth over €8,000, with 5kg of Cloud Picker Coffee's Henry blend, which would be perfect for those starting their café or coffee shop journey. Tickets for this raffle cost €250.
The second prize is a Sage Barista Pro machine, worth €800, with 1kg of the Henry blend coffee. The Cloud Picker team reckon that this machine is the best home espresso machine available, and tickets for this prize cost €25. Rounding out the offer, there is also a home barista course for two people from Irish barista champion Arvind Khedun up for grabs. Tickets for this cost €10. At the time of writing, this raffle had raised more than €37,000 - to buy a ticket, click here. This raffle closes tomorrow, March 8 at 9am so now is the time to get your tickets.
In addition to this expansive raffle, Cloud Picker have offered to pay to bring two Ukrainian coffee professionals from Poland to Ireland; they will pay for the flights, employ the professionals in the café or roastery, and help with all other arrangements. For more details, email [email protected]
Willow and Wild, Maynooth, Kildare
Owned by Ballymaloe graduate Kate Laun Collins, Willow and Wild Café in Maynooth is fundraising directly for UNICEF's Ukrainian appeal this week. On Thursday, March 3, all coffee sales - not just profits - will be donated directly to UNICEF. If you can't make it to Willow and Wild, there is also an option to donate to the appeal via the café's click and collect site - click here to donate.
The café also has a little library in store which sells donated second-hand books and gives the proceeds to a charity chosen by a member of staff each month. This month, the money will be donated to the UNICEF appeal. To see more, click here.
McNally Family Farm, Dublin
North Dublin favourite McNally Family Farm has set up a raffle in aid of the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. There is an incredible Irish hamper up for grabs, including Harry's Nut Butter, Blanco Niño tortilla chips, Ariosa coffee, McNally Farm chutney and much more, plus a €50 McNally Family Farm voucher.
Tickets are on sale until Monday, March 7 at 9pm and cost €10, with all funds going directly to the campaign. Get your ticket here.
Currently operating as the Allta Winter House pop-up on level five of the Trinity Street car park, alongside Glovebox, the brand's immersive art gallery and cocktail experience, Allta donated 100 per cent of its profits from Saturday, February 26 to the Ukrainian embassy in Dublin and the UNICEF appeal for Ukraine.
Allta X Cloud Picker, Dublin
Not content with helping by themselves, the teams at Cloud Picker and Allta have teamed up to create an incredible, expansive fundraiser.
The first part is a pop-up dinner taking place tomorrow, March 8 at Allta Winter House, Dublin. Chefs from around the country, including Jordan Bailey of Aimsir, Christine Walsh of Éan in Galway, Rob Krawczyk of Restaurant Chestnut in west Cork, and many more, will cook a multi-course tasting menu with all proceeds going to Ukrainian charities, including UNICEF, Razom for Ukraine, and World Central Kitchen.
Tickets for this event sold out in a flash but if you didn't manage to grab one, there's still a way to support the event. Tomorrow evening, MC Donal Skehan will host an auction, announcing the winning bids on a range of incredible prizes - including a privately cooked dinner by Michelin-starred chef Mickael Viljanen, dinner and an overnight stary for two at Neven Maguire's MacNean House, a special edition Fingal Ferguson knife, and much more.
The auction is open to the public until 10am tomorrow, March 8 and the winners will be revealed tomorrow nights. To see more, click here. No fees are added to the winning bids and all proceeds will go to Ukrainian charities.
Las Tapas de Lola, Dublin
Las Tapas de Lola, the popular Wexford Street Spanish restaurant owned by Vanessa Murphy and Anna Cabrera, has committed to donating all proceeds from sales this week to the Irish Red Cross, a massive gesture from this small restaurant.
To help this endeavour, some of the restaurant's neighbours, including Evergreen health food store on Wexford Street, have donated food and supplies to be used throughout service during the week. To book a table, click here or email [email protected]
Gourmet Food Parlour, nationwide
Gourmet Food Parlour, which has outlets across Dublin and Galway, with an upcoming opening announced for Dunshaughlin in Co Meath, has stated that they are hiring for hospitality positions across all venues - specifically, the company is looking for applications from anyone arriving to Ireland from Ukraine in need of work.
Additionally, on Wednesday March 9, 100 per cent of hot drink sales from all six Gourmet Good Parlour locations, as well as all catering and booking events, will be donated to the Irish Red Cross and UNICEF.
Calendar Coffee, available for nationwide delivery
Calendar Coffee, which is based in Galway, has announced it is supporting Save the Children, a charity that specifically helps children in crisis to ensure their futures are secured. The charity has estimated that more than 7.5 million children are currently in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and mass displacement, and such has set up the Save the Children's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund to provide immediate aid.
To support this campaign, Calendar Coffee has added a donation button to the checkout on its online store and has promised to match all donations. To see more, click here.
Moyee Coffee, available for nationwide delivery
Based in Dublin, Moyee Coffee is a responsible coffee company that offers lots of zero-waste options. To help with the Ukraine crisis, Moyee has launched its Russian Warship: Go F*** Yourself! blend, a medium roast with a light and fruity taste.
Upon purchase of a 250g bag, all proceeds, meaning 100 per cent of the sale price, will be donated to the International Red Cross campaign for Ukraine - all you need to do is cover the cost of shipping. To make an order, click here.
Cluck Chicken, Dublin
Set up during lockdown, Cluck Chicken food truck specialises in free-range fried chicken and is currently based in Walkinstown in Dublin. This week, all sales, not just profits, from this month's Burger Club special will be donated to the UNICEF campaign for Ukraine. The burger this month includes free-range fried chicken, sriracha slaw, baby gem, chicken crackling, and BBQ pulled chicken on a seeded bun. For more info, visit @cluckchicken_truck on Instagram.
Happy Endings, Dublin
This week's special from global street food restaurant Happy Endings is the chicken Kyiv burger. The restaurant has announced that all sales, not just profits, from this burger will be donated straight to humanitarian causes aiding those in Ukraine.
The burger is a take on the classic chicken Kyiv, featuring breaded chicken stuffed with witter, garlic, herbs, lemon, Parmesan and Maggi seasoning, topped with Borscht slaw, and served in a toasted bun. The burger is available now in the restaurant, but not for delivery as the team want the funds to completely go to the selected charities rather than deliver apps. To book a table, click here.
The restaurant has also stated that there will be additional fundraisers taking place in the coming weeks, so we will update you once we have more information.
Firehouse Bakery, Wicklow
With cafés in Delgany and Wicklow town, as well as the bread school in Cork, Firehouse Bakery is well known for its incredible bread and baked goods. On Friday, March 4, both Wicklow locations will be serving a special Ukrainian bread to raise funds for charities supporting the country.
The bread is pampushky, a soft white Ukrainian bread that is served hot from the oven smothered in garlic, oil, salt and butter. All sales from the bread will be donated, plus Firehouse will be asking customers to donate whatever funds they can which the company will then match. For more info, click here.
Ballymaloe Cookery School course, online
Darina Allen, Rory O'Connell and Rachel Allen are teaming up to host a virtual cookery course in aid of Ukraine. The hour long course, which kicks off at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 8, will highlight the trio's favourite dishes, with all proceeds goings to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine appeal. Tickets cost €20 per person, click here to get yours.
57 The Headline, Dublin
57 The Headline in Dublin 8 is raising money for the UNICEF campaign to aid Ireland. Firstly, the gastrobar is facilitating donations directly to the campaign by asking punters to give whatever they can in return for a €5 voucher that can be used in the restaurant. Additionally, 57 The Headline is selling 'Loving Living Life In Dublin 8' tote bags with all proceeds also going to the UNICEF campaign. Click here for more information.
64 Wine, Dublin
Starting today, March 7, all profits from sales at 64 Wine in Glasthule will be donated directly to the UNICEF Ireland campaign to aid Ukraine. Click here for more information.
Fallon & Byrne, Dublin
Dublin-based food hall Fallon & Byrne has renamed is chicken kiev to chicken Kyiv in solidarity with those in Ukraine. Additionally, throughout the month of March, 100 per cent of all sales from this dish will be donated to the Irish Red Cross campaign for Ukraine. This includes in-store and online sales, plus the team have installed a donation button at the store's online checkout to facilitate additional donations. Each kyiv costs €7.95, click here for more info.
The Twirly Gate, Dublin
The Twirly Gate café in Chapelizod has made an incredible commitment to help donate the people of Ukraine: half of its revenue from February and March will be donated to charities helping those in Ukraine. For more information, click here.
Doyle's Corner, Dublin
This Phibsborough bar has announced that it will host a fundraiser for UNICEF's Ukrainian campaign on Sunday, March 20. Tickets cost €20 per person will 100 per cent of the price donated to the charity. Each ticket guarantees entry and a dinner of chicken Kyiv with creamy mashed potato, garden peas and mushroom sauce. Click here to get tickets.
Bell Lane Coffee Roaster, Westmeath
Bell Lane has announced that 100 per cent of sales from its 250g bags Colombia Los Alpes filter coffee will be donated to to UNICEF. The roaster will cover the cost of the coffee, production and packaging so that the entire donation can go directly to charity. Customers can choose to donate €25, €50, €75 or €100 at checkout, as well as selecting what sort of grind they would prefer for their bag. Click here to get yours.
Lilliput Stores, Dublin
Inspired by Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules and Russian food creative Alissa Timoshkina, this Stoneybatter favourite has announced that it will put a Ukrainian dish on its menu every Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF. Click here for more information.
Centra and SuperValu stores, nationwide
Centra and SuperValu are owned by the same company and, as such, are facilitating a joint funraiser. The company has committed to donating €250,000 to Red Cross and UNICEF. Additionally, customers can tap in store to donate €2 to the Irish Red Cross, with 100 per cent of all donations going to the charity.
Ballymaloe House X Goldie X Jameson Distillery, Cork
Three Cork favourites have teamed up to host a fundraiser for Ukraine this month. Taking place on Tuesday, March 15 at Ballymaloe House, guests can enjoy a four-course meal created by Ballymaloe House head chef Dervilla O'Flynn and Goldie head chef Aishling Moore, with a welcome cocktail sponsored by Jameson Distillery. Tickets cost €100 per person and can be booked by emailing [email protected] or calling +353 21 4652531.
Praline Pastry Shop and Café, Cork
Owned by chef Norma Kelly, Praline Pastry Shop and Café in Michelstown, Co Cork has announced that all proceeds from hot drinks sold tomorrow, March 8 will be donated to the Irish Red Cross campaign to aid Ukraine. Click here for more information.