Phoenix restaurants and bakeries supporting Ukraine
In the aftermath of the Russian attack on Ukraine, the city of Phoenix showed its solidarity in various ways. Phoenix City Hall, for example, lit up with yellow and blue lights in a nod to the Ukrainian flag, as did Tovrea Castle (the home of the wedding cake). Here’s how some restaurants and bakeries in the Valley are showing their support:
Proof Bread owner Jonathan Przybyl has started a fundraiser for his friend, Anna Makievska, owner of Bakehouse sourdough bakery in Kyiv. Bakehouse is currently feeding people regardless of their ability to pay, and Przybyl is donating money to help keep the bakery open. In addition to his fundraiser, which has so far raised $124,460 of the $500,000 goal since March 7, he has baked a cinnamon croissant (morning rolls) with a yellow and blue icing. In an Instagram post, he wrote, “When you eat them consider your next step to help our global situation. In an update to his fundraising page on March 24, Przybyl added, “To date, we have raised enough funds for this team to produce 83,000 batons to donate, which is approximately 100 days of production. This will equate to more than 1.2 million meals for the hungry in Kyiv.
All Pierogi, a Ukrainian restaurant and market in Mesa, is collecting donations to support Ukraine. Owner Natalia Koshalko invites people to try the food and donate. “We take cash donations and give them to people who have family in Ukraine,” says Koshalko. “That way we know where the money is going. They use it for medicine, clothes, food – whatever they need.
Little Spring Provisions (by Pig & the Peanut)
As part of the #bakersagainstracism hashtag, Caila Byrd and her partner, Patrick Phillip, have added a chewy deep-fried vegan treat to their repertoire. Frostings rotate, but are mostly made with The Shop Beer Co.’s Neonic Sour Beer (e.g. Orange Julius Frosting). “We also offered prickly pear glazed donuts and we plan to continue having fun with them and switching them up,” says Byrd. Little Spring Provisions will donate all donut proceeds to World Central Kitchen and Sunflower of Peace. World Central Kitchen is a non-profit organization founded by chef José Andrés in 2010 that provides meals to people affected by humanitarian crises or natural disasters. Sunflower of Peace is a non-profit organization currently providing medical and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Find Little Spring Provisions at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers’ Market on Saturday, April 2; get more information about their whereabouts on the website.
Culinary group Osio, which owns SumoMaya and Local Bistro, has removed all Russian products (vodka and caviar) from its restaurants and replaced them with Ukrainian products. Additionally, customers are encouraged to donate money to the Save the Children Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund. Both restaurants include a link on their Instagram sites; donations will be matched up to $5,000 per restaurant, for a total of $10,000.
Evening Entertainment Group has stopped serving Russian vodka in its restaurants: Bottled Blonde, Backyard, Hi-Fi Kitchen and Cocktails, RnR Gastropub, Casa Amigos, Chauncey Social, Sandbar Mexican Grill and Bevvy.
Sal’s Pizza in Gilbert launched a donation campaign on March 22. Until April 5, Sal’s will donate $1 for every whole pizza purchased to the Ukrainian Red Cross. Sal will match donations dollar for dollar.
Sushi Roku Scottsdale donated 10% of all March 9 sales to World Central Kitchen.
Snooze, An AM EATERY held a program called Pancakes for Peace between March 17-23, in which 100% of the sales of the restaurant’s Pancake of the Week (chocolate covered pretzel pancake) were donated to World Central Kitchen. Snooze’s public relations manager, Callie Sumlin, reports that “Snooze’s total donation to World Central Kitchen was $25,000.” Arizona branches (eight out of a total of 46 nationally) contributed $3,750.
In early March, Aunt Chilada’s restaurants held a fundraiser for one of its former employees, Luby Miller, who worked there for 15 years and has family in Ukraine. Luby moved to northern Iowa, but the landlords considered her part of the family. The party included a life-size piñata of Russian President Vladimir Putin for donors to hit. The money went to Miller’s family village.
Unfortunately, as the city rallies to show its support for Ukraine, a number of Russian grocery store and restaurant workers have faced anti-Russian sentiment in person and on social media.
The actions of a government do not define its people, especially those who have left their country.