Reservations are available now for a blini feast to celebrate Russia’s “Butter Week”
PORTLAND, OR (Feb. 10 , 2017) – Following Portland’s uncharacteristically cold and stormy winter, Kachka will celebrate Maslenitsa, the Russian folk holiday that marks the end of winter, with a one-time brunch centered around blini. During Maslenitsa, or “Butter Week,” large, round blini made with butter (similar to pancakes) are eaten to symbolize the round, golden sun that arrives with spring. The blini will be served family-style with a bounty of traditional sweet and savory accompaniments: a board filled with cured fish, roe, fruit and preserves, as well as Machanka, a Belorussian gravy of braised meats.
“In its origins, Maslenitsa is a Pagan holiday which bids farewell to winter and welcomes in spring — a time when darkness turns to light,” says Chef/Co-Owner Bonnie Morales. “We wanted to honor that by creating an event that shuts out hatred and bigotry and welcomes in respect, inclusion, and equality by raising money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).”
Kachka’s Maslenitsa brunch meal is $45 per person which includes coffee, tea and a “vitamin shot” (see below). Proceeds from the brunch will be donated to the ACLU of Oregon. Kachka will also offer additional brunch cocktails à la carte, including the return of Kachka’s “Bloody Masha” (Horseradish vodka Bloody Mary). Reservations are available between 10am and noon on February 26th, and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, February 26th between 10am and noon
Kachka, 720 SE Grand Ave., Portland, Ore., 97214
The set menu will be served family style, of abundant amounts of blini with sweet and savory accompaniments. The meal is $45 per person and includes coffee, tea, and a “vitamin shot” of Kachka horseradish vodka, beet juice, apple juice and celery bitters upon arrival. Additional beverages will be available for purchase and gratuity is not included.
Reservations are recommended, and can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Kachka sparked a Russian food revolution when Bonnie and Israel Morales opened their Portland restaurant in 2014. Chef Bonnie Morales cooks the food of the former Soviet Union, including many dishes inspired by those she grew up eating with her Belarusian family. Meals at Kachka begin with a table filled with zakuski, Russian drinking food, and vodka. Kachka serves over 50 different vodka selections, as well a list of house made infusions, craft cocktails, and a curated list of beer and wine with a focus on Eastern European producers. The warm and lively atmosphere at Kachka turns dinner into an event, fueled by a parade of dishes marked by deep and vibrant flavors such as those in dumplings, cured fish and pickled vegetables. Kachka was Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year in 2014 and their #2 on their list of Best Restaurants in Portland for 2016, included in America’s Essential Restaurants of 2015 and 2016 by Eater, one of GQ’s Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015. Kachka was one of Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant nominees in 2015, named “Rising Star” by the Oregonian, and was a semifinalist for 2015’s James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. A cookbook, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, will be released in September, 2017 from Flatiron Books. Kachka is located at 720 S.E. Grand Ave., Portland, Oregon, and open every night for dinner, early and late night happy hours. Follow Kachka on Instagram and Twitter @KachkaPDX kachkapdx.com
About ACLU of Oregon
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and advancing civil liberties and civil rights in Oregon through impact litigation, public education, and lobbying. The ACLU of Oregon is the state affiliate of the national ACLU, and has over 20,000 members statewide.
Kachka is not an affiliated entity with the ACLU. This is an independent effort donating proceeds.