Bridgeport caterers offer Ukrainian dishes to aid refugees

BRIDGEPORT — Fortuna’s Catering Co. usually offers standard catering fare such as macaroni salad, lasagna and chicken parmigiana. But customers can also place orders for chicken Kiev, beef stroganoff and stuffed cabbage to show support for the Ukrainian people as the country continues to resist the Russian invasion.

Kristin Ferrarese, head chef at Fortuna’s, said food is a way for residents to show their support for Ukraine.

“It’s a double feel good,” she said. “You get to have something delicious and you’re doing something right.”

The catering company recently announced a sale on Ukrainian dishes, with the proceeds going to the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides food to refugees around the world. The organization is currently providing food to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Offering Ukrainian food to customers and donating the proceeds is her way of helping from the other side of the world, Ferrarese said.

Customers must place their catering orders by March 10 to participate.

A post on the company Facebook page announcing the special deal cited the company philosophy of “approaching food with love.”

“We have always shown our love through food. We believe the best way to understand a culture is through their food and the love around those tables,” according to the post, which also cited World Central Kitchen volunteers going into a war zone to cook for people in bunkers and at home, cut off from food supplies.

The menu includes classics such as chicken Kiev, borscht, and beet and horseradish salads. The orders can feed four to six people and include sides such as salads and rolls with butter and a hope for peace, the post stated.






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