Fish no Chips

15 May 2018

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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On 26 June, Jaguar Land Rover Kyiv Airport, one of Ukraine’s first Arch CI retailers, was officially launched on the Boryspil highway. At least 300 guests, brand fans, and celebrities attended the grand opening party. Speakers included Ivan Hynansky – owner and CEO of Winner Group Ukraine, Petro Rondiak – head of the Management Board of Winner Group Ukraine, and Andrew Jago with Jaguar Land Rover European Importer Region.
Highlights of the evening included a Jaguar XK-120, the legendary sports car that first appeared on the roads in 1948 and became the fastest serial vehicle, as well as a Land Rover Defender preferred by Sir Winston Churchill and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, never out of production between 1948 and 2016.
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On 21 June, TUCC President Terry Pickard brought together nearly 30 fans of gastronomic fare to Ukraine’s newest gastro heaven serving up local culinary delicacies – Sho. This time it was something more than just a regular monthly meet – club members also celebrated TUCC sommelier Natalie’s birthday! The festive dinner went on in the best traditions of a good old party – greetings exchanged, gifts presented, ‘Happy Birthday’ sung, candles blown out and a cake eaten. And all this amidst incredible Ukrainian tasty threats.

On 22 June, The Big Meet threw another great event for Kyiv’s international business community to network while celebrating the end of the working week. The festive get-together took place at Arena Terrace, a stylish venue in downtown Kyiv. Where will TBM turn up next week? You’ll have to find them on Facebook!

On 1 July, huge crowds turned out to Kyiv’s Sofiivska Square to see enjoy a fabulous event – The Roads of Friendship 2018. Famous American theatre and cinema actor – John Malkovich took part in the big event conducted by legendary composer Riccardo Muti (Italy), who was director for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala for 19 years. The stunning performance featured outstanding contemporary artists including soprano Lyudmyla Monastyrska (Ukraine), and a joint Italian-Ukrainian orchestra and choir comprising more than 300 musicians. The event signalled a very important international social and artistic project for Peace in Ukraine.