Stoli Vodka has partnered with West Village’s European restaurant Sveta for a Ukrainian-themed pop-up supporting World Central Kitchen.
Founded in 2010, World Central Kitchen is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters and humanitarian and community crises, and Stoli Vodka and Sveta have pledged to raise $1,000,000 for Ukrainian refugees.
Both Stoli Vodka and Ukrainian family-run Sveta, owned by Ukrainian immigrant Sveta Savchitz and her son Alan, experienced discrimination after being wrongly labeled as a Russian business.
“My mother and I experienced hatred when Sveta was mislabeled as a Russian business. As a family-owned restaurant, founded by a Ukrainian immigrant, we were heartbroken when we heard of similar backlash against Stoli. Since Sveta and Stoli both stand in support of Ukraine, we knew our shared goals of raising awareness and funds for Ukrainian refugees would be stronger if we worked together,” says Alan Aguichev, Co-Owner of Sveta.
The Stoli Vodka x Sveta Cocktails for Ukraine pop-up affirms both brands’ solidarity with Ukraine and will offer an exciting new menu of Stoli cocktails to be enjoyed with Sveta dishes. A portion of proceeds from each cocktail will be donated to World Central Kitchen, alongside proceeds from each Stoli bottle used for the drinks.
Some drinks you’ll find on the menu include The Dove of Ukraine, made with Stoli Vodka, passionfruit liqueur, lime juice, and cotton candy, the Bird’s Nest, made with Gin, muddled cucumber, fresh mango, lime juice, and sparkling lemonade, and the Beet Kiev Mule, made with vodka, lime juice, homemade beet juice, muddled mint, and ginger beer. They even have a drink called Sveta’s Mystery, in which they surprise you with a drink made with a spirit of your choosing.
Food options include delicious Ukrainian classics, including Vereniki, handmade potato dumplings, Ukrainain Borscht, a traditional beet soup, Homemade Olivier Salad, with potatoes, carrots, green peas, eggs, and chicken, and Chicken Kiev, breaded chicken breast with dill butter and creamy mashed potatoes.
Guests are welcomed by a stunning replica of the Tunnel of Love, filled with endless florals and greenery, known to be one of the most romantic places on earth in Klaven, Northwestern Ukraine. Inside find walls covered in sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine that symbolizes peace and has now been adopted around the world to signal solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
This pop-up allows guests to dine for a great cause and have a delicious and authentic dining experience while doing so.
New Yorkers and tourists alike are invited to take part in the Stoli Vodka x Sveta Cocktails for Ukraine pop-up now through August 24th, Ukrainian Independence Day.
Sveta is located at 64 Carmine St. in the heart of the West Village. Its hours are Monday 4p.m. – 11:30p.m., and Tuesday-Sunday 11:30a.m. – 11:30p.m.