Kyiv Connoisseurs Celebrate Anniversary
The Ukrainian Connoisseurs Club (TUCC) began the autumn 2016 season with a well-attended dinner at Kyiv’s fashionable CHI restaurant that marked both the 15th anniversary of the TUCC and a quarter of a century of Pickard & Co. Ltd operations in Ukraine. Located within what was formerly fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s extravagant downtown heliport facility, the transformation of CHI into a stylish Asian fusion venue is a striking metaphor for post-Euromaidan Kyiv’s democratic revival. Upon arrival, guests encountered rows of ancient Chinese terracotta soldiers lined up beneath the transparent floors of the entrance area. Master of Ceremonies Terry Pickard welcomed guests with his now famous Connoisseur Club Bell, while venue General Manager Natalia Voloshina introduced the CHI chef and sommelier. A series of delightful dishes and cleverly selected wines followed. Together with stunning views of the Dnipro River and entertaining company, this added up to another quality Kyiv dining experience.