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Here’s what the Bay Area hospitality industry is doing to support Ukraine:

It’s been two weeks since news of war in Ukraine broke, and, while social media attention may begin dwindling, the number of refugees from the country continues to grow. Across the Bay Area, in addition to protests in the form of parting with Russian products, and against the nationwide backdrop of somewhat performative name-changing moves, several local initiatives in the food and drink industry have sprouted; their goal is to raise money for a number of central humanitarian initiatives.

The newly opened Russian restaurant Birch & Rye has created a cocktail called Olena’s Flowers, named after the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska. It’s infused with vodka, lindern honey, and sparkling wine. The restaurant will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the cocktail’s sale to Doctors Without Borders.

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S.F.’s new Russian restaurant opens soon with dreams of showcasing the cuisine’s elegance

Newcomer Birch & Rye, opening Feb. 9th, …wants to showcase the elegance of the cuisine: modern twists on classic Russian flavors using local ingredients. Chef, owner and Russia native Anya El-Wattar’s team has been busy fermenting, curing and pickling products, as well as experimenting with ancient grains like spelt. Berries, which… scream summertime in Russia,… with gooseberries, sea buckthorn and black currants dotting the menu.

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The 19 Most Hotly Anticipated New US Restaurants Opening in 2022

Get ready for some elevated borscht and stroganoff in San Francisco’s Noe Valley. Moscow-born chef Anya El-Wattar is preparing her modern Russian restaurant Birch & Rye. As you would expect of a Bay Area restaurant, it’s taking those cultural touchpoints El-Wattar is so familiar with and looking at them through the lens of California produce.

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Wander Into Birch & Rye for Porridge Nests in the Woods

Chef Anya El-Wattar won’t serve either homey comforts or communist kitsch — rather bold and beautiful dishes featuring foraged and fermented ingredients, in a neutral and natural space filled with birch trees. And so, step into the woods for a bird’s nest of savory porridge, linger over wild mushroom stroganoff on einkorn noodles, or lose your senses to vodka infused with sea buckthorn.

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A Few Juicy Updates on That New Modern Russian Restaurant Coming to Noe Valley

…oozing khachapuri cheese boats, the iconic Georgian dish, as well as “elevated versions” of potato salad, borscht, stroganoff, and other “modern Russian” specialities, featuring fermentation and taking advantage of the wood-burning oven…

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The Bay Area’s 11 most anticipated restaurants opening this winter

At Birch & Rye in Noe Valley, Moscow native and former Greens chef Anya El-Wattar will marry Russian dishes with California ingredients. Look for a deconstructed borscht made from roasted cauliflower and zakuski, or small bites …

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The Most Anticipated Bay Area Restaurants of 2022

Opening: January – Russian cuisine lands in Noe Valley when Moscow-born chef Anya El-Wattar brings Birch & Rye to fruition. The modern restaurant will offer Georgia’s iconic dish, khachapuri, plus “‘elevated versions’ of …

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An exciting new Russian restaurant where classic dishes get a modern twist is coming to S.F.

BIRCH & RYE A “modern” Russian restaurant serving dishes like vegan borscht, … where classic dishes get a modern twist is coming to S.F.

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17 most anticipated restaurant openings in the Bay Area this fall

BIRCH & RYE Chef/Owner Anya El-Wattar is gearing up to bring Bay Area twists on Russian food to Noe Valley.

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Birch & Rye, a Modern Love Letter to Russia, Opens February 9th in Noe Valley

This is El-Wattar’s first restaurant, a project her past catering clients and friends have been asking her to do for years. She received her formal culinary training at New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute, and studied at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, and has also worked at Greens…

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