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A Culinary Evening with Anna Voloshyna and Francis Lam

April 28, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ukrainian Institute of America


A Culinary Evening with Anna Voloshyna and Francis Lam

Anna Voloshyna, author of BUDMO!: Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen and Francis Lam, Host of The Splendid Table, in conversation.

Anna and Francis will explore Ukraine’s culinary traditions and regional cooking, including its international influences and current focus; the importance of food to Ukraine’s cultural identity; and lessons learned from writing a first cookbook.

The Ukrainian Institute of America would like to thank Rizzoli New York for being a sponsor of this event and Amber Wines for their contribution of wine for the evening.


Anna Voloshyna was born and raised in Ukraine and lived there for twenty years before moving to the United States. After coming to the Bay Area, Anna started working as a food photographer and stylist, helping chefs and culinary brands tell their stories through her camera lens. After numerous photoshoots and exciting cooking endeavors, Anna was finally offered a chance to unveil her own food-making talents through hosting Eastern European pop-up dinners. Her Georgian khachapuri nights and Ukrainian varenyky feasts became a delicious sensation in the San Francisco culinary community. Now Anna’s goal is to make people fall in love with Eastern European food through every little Ukrainian dumpling, fluffy garlic pampushky, and every single bowl of luscious borscht you will cook from this book. To learn more about Anna, please visit her website and follow her on IG @annavoloshynacooks.

The Splendid Table, hosted by award-winning food writer Francis Lam, is an original weekly companion, celebrating the intersection of food and life for more than two decades. A culinary, culture and lifestyle program, it hosts our nation’s conversations about food culture and introduces us to generations of food dignitaries.

In 2018, Francis took over the program from founding host Lynne Rossetto Kasper. The Splendid Table explores different cultures, cuisines and ideas, as well as the small personal stories that come out of the expansive world of the table. As a former restaurant cook and culinary school graduate, Francis can handle virtually any food query and loves taking listener’s calls. He is keenly interested in people and their stories and believes that one of the keys to understanding people better is to learn what they cook and how they eat.

Francis is Editor-in -Chief at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing. For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef Masters. An award-winning writer, Lam has written for numerous publications, including Gourmet, Bon Appetít, Food &Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Salon, Men’s Journal, and the Financial Times. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

A Culinary Evening with Anna Voloshyna and Francis Lam


April 28, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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