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Fundraiser for Ukraine
Sunday, May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Resident Ukrainian-born Chef Hosts Fundraiser with Marketplace Tenants to Support Ukraine
Chef Igor cooks authentic Ukrainian dinners sponsored by the Castro Valley Marketplace tenants to raise donations for Ukraine.
Castro Valley, California: Castro Valley Chef, Igor Breyman, is a culinary professional with extensive experience as an instructor, private chef, and caterer.
He was also born in Odessa, Ukraine – where his mother, Antonina, and sister, Helen, currently live.
Igor is known by many who attended Castro Valley schools alongside him, from his background as a culinary teacher to students, caterer, or through the Castro Valley News’s Facebook page as their Food Editor and Restaurant Review Host. He currently works for bon appetit at the flagship teaching kitchen at Google.
As the world watches in horror at the atrocities and humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion, his family is working tirelessly to find ways to help Odessa residents who are struggling to get access to food, goods, and services they desperately need. He is grateful to be able to put his talents and community together to help Ukrainians back home.
To help raise funds, Igor, and the Castro Valley Marketplace tenant community, are hosting an amazing Ukrainian meal to support those affected by the devastating Russian invasion. The fantastic evening will feature dishes from his homeland, with the space, serviceware, and all the ingredients generously donated from vendors in the Marketplace. The menu features authentic Ukrainian dishes which will allow diners to connect to people and places that are suffering so badly now.
As Igor describes his passion, “the powerful media of food is a media of Memory. One smell, one taste; carrying you back to your life experiences to where you began.” By preparing this meal, Igor can share his food experiences passed down from his Ukrainian father and family who encouraged his career.
The funds raised by this dinner will provide a direct line of financial resources to help those on the ground in the city and support the grassroots efforts his mother and sister are providing.
Donna Layburn, President of Castro Valley Natural Grocery says, “The Marketplace’s passionate food vendors have formed an amazing partnership with this incredibly talented Chef to not only support the Ukrainian people but do it through the sharing of a meal, a meal of his homeland. The homeland that is experiencing one of the most egregious events of our lifetime.”
There will also be a Silent Auction with gifts from every Marketplace vendor with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the people of Ukraine.