This is a community announcement from Agava Restaurant on behalf of its fundraiser for World Central Kitchen. It was not written by the Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at mbutler@ithacavoice.com.

Agava Restaurant, located at 381 Pine Tree Road in Ithaca, New York, will be hosting a benefit event on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise funds for World Central Kitchen’s Disaster Relief efforts in Ukraine and its bordering relief centers.

A suggested donation of $20 will get you access to the event including music and food. Agava will be providing a variety of Ukrainian inspired foods such as cabbage rolls, potato pancakes, borscht, and potato dumplings, as well as some Agava classics. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Event inspired cocktails will be available for purchase. 

Djug Django, Ithaca area’s premier ensemble for Gypsy Swing, Jazz Standards, Latin Rhythms, and Blues, will be providing music at the event on the patio. 

A mini-market and silent auction will be held including works from local artists, jewelry, gift certificates, pottery, honey, greeting cards, dance lessons, and more. Craft activities will also be available including Paint Your Own Sunflowers sessions with local artist, Laurel Guy. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit World Central Kitchen’s Disaster Relief Efforts. 

WCK, led by Chef Jose Andres, responds to natural disasters, man-made crises, and humanitarian emergencies around the world. They are a team of food first responders, mobilizing with the urgency of now to get meals to the people who need them most. Deploying the model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, they know that a nourishing meal in a time of crisis is so much more than a plate of food—it’s hope, it’s dignity, and it’s a sign that someone cares. 

WCK began serving hot, nourishing meals within hours of the initial invasion of the Ukraine and is now serving round-the-clock dishes at eight border crossings across the country. Additionally, they are supporting local restaurants preparing meals in 12 Ukrainian cities including in Odessa, Lviv, and Kyiv. WCK teams are also on the ground serving thousands of meals every day in Romania, Moldova, and Hungary.

“We all look at disasters happening and feel helpless, like there is nothing we can do to make it better. My husband, Gregar Brous, and I feel fortunate to have a venue, staff, and community who want to be a part of an event that can help to bring warm meals to the Ukrainian people through WCK.” – Vicki Taylor Brous, Event Organizer 

To volunteer, donate, or participate in any way email vicki@agavarestaurant.com