CK Supper Club: Taste of Eastern Europe August 27th 2018
For me sharing food is the most sincere form of generosity. Because it’s like giving people a glimpse of your inner world, your background, and personality. You’re opening yourself to them, and they respond the same way. Somehow food has this magical power of uniting people regardless of their differences and backgrounds, making them feel connected. It’s almost an intimate experience.
There is something special about gathering people around the table, and it’s truly the place where the fondest memories are born. I came from the family where people were having a real food feast almost every week. It could be someone’s birthday, a holiday (big or small), or just a family gathering, but there always was a long table with at least 10 dishes. Every meal was a celebration of life. We ate, drank, and laughed a lot. These memories are still among the happiest in my life.
That’s why when I came to the US I was looking for people who love food as much as do, because I wanted to create my own cozy food world, like the one I had at home. I was lucky to meet Cynthia, an amazing cook and the best hostess I know. Cynthia is a founder of the Confetti Kitchen a culinary brand dedicated to sparking meaningful connection through food, and just recently she had started CK Supper Club – monthly dinner parties that open new and exciting culinary universes. And guess who was honored to be the August chef? For me, it was a fairy-like feeling – waving my “magic whisk” to transport the guests into a comfy, relaxing, yet vibrant world of Eastern European Cuisine.
Extending much further than borscht and pierozhki, this cuisine holds a very special place in my heart. I was born and raised in Ukraine in a wonderful family who loves food probably just as much as they love one another. Can you imagine how excited I was when on the 27th of August my culinary heritage was shared with the fantastic CK Supper Club guests?! The menu took them on a delicious trip across beautiful Eastern Europe, offering traditional dishes with a personal creative twist including:
- Roasted Zucchini Rolls. When the fresh delicacy of zucchini meets piquant Bryndza cheese, the taste buds can’t resist dancing a lovely Polish dance! This entrée is a natural-born hit and sure crowd-pleaser.
- Mixed Pickled Vegetables. There’s no Eastern European Cuisine without pickles. A burst of tangy, sour and sweet notes make you crave for more and more of them. I created my own variation of pickled cauliflower, radishes, and carrots. Vibrant, colorful and flavorsome!
- Mamăligă with Crispy Onions. With Moldavian, Romanian, and Western Ukrainian origins, this cornmeal porridge is a true symbol of uniting people. It’s the history on a plate – from a staple food Mamăligă has made its way up to the finest restaurants of the world. Crispy onions add fabulous crunch and texture.
- Roasted Duck with Green Apple. Duck and oranges – a marriage of flavors made in heaven, the main hero and zest of the feast that melted in the mouth.
- Trubochki with Swiss Merengue. A dessert adored by every Soviet and post-Soviet kid: crispy, fragrant pastry cones filled with silky clouds of Swiss merengue. Crushed peanuts and freeze-dried strawberries transform the dish into a dainty joy for the palate.
This Eastern European culinary trip would have been incomplete without a breathtaking (literally!) homemade trio of vodkas: honey-juniper, hot pepper, and cranberry. Their main task – to invigorate and uplift – was done to perfection.
Delicious food was perfectly paired with lovely conversations and delicious wines: Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2015 and Domaine Allimant-Laugner Riesling 2016. With the support of Whole Foods Market – its stunning product selection and exceptional vibes – this supper became a living dream of a feast and the perfect ending to a summer to remember, as well as a reason for looking forward to more foodie meet-ups!
Get your taste buds and palates ready for a new culinary adventure that will take you to the lands of pretzels, wurst, guláš, and many more amazing culinary delights. Oktoberfest is coming to San Francisco! Save the date for perfect beer and food pairings in the German and Czech style. You can reserve your ticket now 🙂 See you on the 8th of October!