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Better than the Louvre

26 January 2018

On 24 January, a new venue opened its doors to the cultured Kyiv community. Its Not the Louvre can be found through an archway on Chapaeva – just follow the music and lively conversation about life, art, and all that jazz. The inside is not unlike those topics listed above – the new venue has a very college feel featuring all kinds of artwork and not one piece of furniture matching another. It is a place not just for the intelligentsia but for anyone looking to enjoy tasty morsels from their menu, intricate signature cocktails, and live music from Thursday to Sunday. Tres Francaise family, It’s Not the Louvre is a welcome addition to Kyiv.




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Those hard-working folks at the Kyiv Lions Club have been at it again, hosting another fund raising event to bring in money to fund their important work. This latest event was held on 21 April in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel. The event was a celebration of Ukraine, and so “Kozak Charity Ball” was the name of the evening, with tables each designated names of oblasts around Ukraine, and a Ukrainian fashion show as one of the features of the evening. Most importantly though, $18,000 was raised to help fund the work of the KLC.

A first look, Kyiv’s coolest new Vietnamese restaurant – NĂM is a feast for the senses. The Big Meet did just that – meet big, last month on 13 April, where they were treated to all good things by celebrated chef Hector Jimenez-Bravo. You want in on the next big event? Check out their FB page BigMeetUkraine.

On 25 April, Turkish Airlines celebrated their 25th anniversary linking Ukraine to the world via Turkey. To mark the occasion, the airline hosted 300 guests at the Parkovy Complex overlooking the Dnipro River. Guests were treated to delicious Turkish treats and a sumptuous dinner, while being entertained by singer Zlata Ognevich. The event was attended by many of the airline’s top customers, as well as representatives of the business and diplomatic communities in Ukraine, with the airline announcing a special 25% discount on tickets to 25 of their top destinations!

Britain isn’t known internationally as a place of culinary legend, but Terry Pickard likes to challenge perceptions. This meeting of his TUCC at Va Bene restaurant on 18 April aimed to provide connoisseurs with proof positive that gourmet food can be based in British staples. A stilton soup was served, accompanied by an explanation of the history of this English cheese. The star dish at the centre of the meal was planned to be fish and chips with mushy peas. However, chef decided to think of our beach bodies and served the (excellent!) fish with a salad instead. British cuisine reinvented!

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