CLEVELAND — Monday starts Cleveland Pierogi Week with participating restaurants paying homage to the unofficial food of Cleveland. But two restaurants are planning to donate proceeds made from pierogi sales during the week to assist Ukraine as the country deals with the ongoing invasion of Russia.
Market Garden Brewery announced Sunday that it and Nano Brew Cleveland will be donating a portion of their proceeds from Cleveland Pirogi Week to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that responds to humanitarian crises around the world, helping people survive and recover from attacks like that of Russia on Ukraine.
"Nothing, says Cleveland more than pierogie," said Market Garden co-fonder Sam McNulty. "The pierogi is this Eastern European largely Polish specialty that Cleveland has really embraced."
Right now, the IRC is working to help Ukrainian refugees around the world as many flee the country to avoid the attack from Russia and the country's president Vladimir Putin.
The two restaurants hope to aid IRC with funding, standing in solidarity with Ukraine and its people while taking action during a week that is expected to bring in an increased revenue.
"About three dozen restaurants and counting have signed up, and each restaurant will have their own recipe," McNulty said. "Cleveland is this melting pot. People coming from all over the world and bringing with them their cuisines and cultures and languages and Eastern Europe has a large representation here in Cleveland, and the pierogi is very special to Eastern Europe."
Cleveland Pierogi Week begins Monday, Feb. 28 and runs through March 6.
To show our love and support for the people of Ukraine, we're donating a portion of sales from #clevelandpierogiweek to @RESCUEorg to support their efforts to rush critical aid to displaced families.— MarketGardenBrewpub (@MarketGardenCLE) February 27, 2022
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