In the three weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, more than 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country, hundreds of civilians have died, and besieged cities are experiencing shortages in food, drinking water, and medical supplies. In solidarity with the people of Ukraine, organizations, businesses, and individuals worldwide have stepped up to raise funds; in Montreal, that includes the restaurant community. (Plateau patisserie Rhubarbe, Jewish bakery Hof Kelsten, and jam and pickle maker Bals Provisions are among the local food businesses that have already contributed to relief efforts.)
With the situation in the country still dire, here’s what restaurants, bakeries, and bars in the city are doing right now to support Ukraine:
- Alice & Theo: This Verdun sweet shop is selling blue-and-yellow custard-filled cream puffs for $8; all proceeds go to Ukrainian relief efforts.
- Audacieuse Vanille: This vegan and gluten-free pastry shop on Wellington Street is donating $3 for each tiramisu and $2 for each carrot cake sold to a hospital maternity ward in Kyiv that has moved underground to protect against bombings. Fundraising continues until March 20.
- Pick Thai: This NDG restaurant will donate all net profits from Tuesday sales to Ukraine via the Red Cross for the foreseeable future.
- Poincaré: This Chinatown pub has put together a special charity menu being sold from March 16 to 19, featuring pierogies, kielbasa, borscht, cabbage rolls, pyrizhky (stuffed buns), lokshyna (Ukrainian noodles), and pampushky (doughnuts). The menu is an homage to Poincaré chef Jeremiah Bullied’s grandmother’s cooking and is inspired by Savella Stechishin’s 1979 cookbook Traditional Ukrainian Cookery. Proceeds will be donated to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and the Red Cross.
This list will be regularly updated. Know of a Montreal food business supporting Ukrainians during this crisis? Send us a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.