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January 7, 2018 (La Mesa) --You’re invited to a Russian and Ukrainian feast with our East County Dining Club on Thursday, January 25th  at 6:30 p.m. at Village House Kalina (8302 Parkway Drive, La Mesa). As always, we’ll have prizes galore! Proceeds benefit East County Magazine and our wildfire/emergency alerts.

 Join us on our culinary adventure to the land of hearty and flavorful fare  – food that nourished the creative powers of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky,  Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Pasternak, Cossack dancers and the Bolshoi Ballet.  Da!

This restaurant seats only 38 people so we expect to sell out; early RSVPs are recommended.

We must receive your RSVP no later Jan. 24, along with choice of entree (see list below) since these special dishes take time to prepare!

 Cost:  $46 per person (a bargain since this includes tax, tip, & 5-course feast!)

 RSVP to reserve space:  (619)698-7617 or  

Mail check:  East County Magazine, attention Miriam Raftery, 4438 Hideaway Place La Mesa, CA 91941 and include your entree choice and guests.



Golubtzi (stuffed cabbage roles with ground beef, carrots, onions, herbs rice & tomato sauce with sour cream or yogurt)

Meat cutlets (Russian style tender ground steak served with bleu cheese sauce on site)

Chakhobbili (Georgian style chicken casserole simmered with onions, tomatoes, basil, mint, herbs, & aromatic spices)

Chicken Kiev (boneless chicken breast pounded& rolled around cold garlic butter with herbs, breaded & baked)

Chicken Tabaka (Cornish game hen fried to a red borwn served in traditional manner)

Stroganoff (choose beef, chicken or vegetarian) creamy sauce, mushrooms, onions, with choice of noodles or potatoes)

Zharkoe (beef stew with braised beef, onions, carrots & prunes)

 All meals at this feast will also include a sampler with several delicious Russian salads such as beet/walnut, carrot, eggplant, and Vesna (cranberries, carrots cabbage, lemon),and Vinegrat,  black bread with herb butter, borscht (beet soup – choice of beef or vegetarian), walnut cake or honey cake, pot of tea, and entrée (see above).

Win prizes: Our opportunity drawing and silent auction prizes will include a gift certificate to Village House Kalina, Russian vodka and food items, Tchaikovsky music, the film Anna Karenina, books from Maxwell's House of Books, propane from Kamp's propane, jewelry, the novel "Dangerous Changes" by local novelist Joyce Strand, Mostly Mission gift certificate, Club Pilates class, Anytime Fitness gym membership, haircut from Prete a Porter Salon, and more.

Club membership: You don't have to be a member of the East County Dining Club to attend our events. Membership costs just $10 a year. Members will receive first invitations to all future events (some sell out at smaller venues),  two free prize drawing tickets, and a "Best of East County Cookbook" that we are compiling and will have ready by our first anniversary. 

Proceeds benefit East County Magazine and East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, published by the nonprofit 501c3 Heartland Coalition.