A family-style dumpling dinner in Kai with spot prizes and an exciting auction with proceeds going to the UNHCR for Ukraine
Chef Jess Murphy and Joanna Ciezka, one half of the Irish Sock Society, have gathered a group of like-minded ladies from Czech Republic, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland and Russia who are spending their Sunday morning on March 13th making dumplings together for a family-style dumpling dinner in Kai that night. The dinner, with an auction and spot prizes happening throughout the night, has been organised to raise funds for the UNHCR during the current war in Ukraine.
An evening inspired by the delicious food culture of Ukraine and its surrounding neighbours, the menu will showcase superb Irish ingredients — Goatsbridge smoked trout, local beets, luscious sour cream, Ballymakenny spuds, Ukrainian honey cakes made with local Burren honey — and will be served with wine and cheese, sponsored by Grapecircus and Sheridans and available to purchase on the night.
“We’re really looking forward to this,” says Jess Murphy of Kai, “getting together in a kitchen to feed people for a good cause. Women coming together in the morning to create food for everyone to enjoy that evening is the kind of traditional dumpling party well known to every Ukrainian. Most communities across Europe and elsewhere have a version of it — a point of contact and connection, a cuppa and a chat and the kindness built into sharing the making and eating of food together. A little bright joy at a dark time.”
The auction on the night will feature generous prizes gifted by local businesses and individuals, as well as from friends of Kai from further afield, including rugby memorabilia from Connacht and Ireland rugby centre Bundee Aki, chef’s knives from Fingal Ferguson, Sam Gleeson and Sam Dunn, artwork from renowned sculptor John Behan, plus pieces by a wide range of other local artists, and great spot prizes including a masterclass from the Dough Bros, cheese and goodies from Sheridans, Irish Sock Society socks and much more.
Kicking off at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday 13th of March in Kai, dumpling dinner for UNHCR tickets are €65 and available by emailing [email protected]
As seats are limited, if the event sells out and you don’t get a ticket, you may still like to donate to UNHCR here