Split restaurant feeds the isolated and needy for free
With the sun shining brightly, the tables in the small courtyard of Konoba Makarun in Split should be filled. Instead, the seating area is empty. But, rather than completely shut up shop in the face of enforced closures, Konoba Makarun has decided to keep going. Their daily tasks no longer involve feeding visitors and locals at lunch and dinner; they now prepare and deliver free meals to the isolated and needy. Meat dishes, pasta and sauce or soups have all appeared on the menu over the past week, with masked restaurant staff carefully cooking and packaging meals for those in need. Once prepared, they deliver the meals to city residents. As is traditional, on Friday, meat was replaced on the menu by fish, which was donated to the restaurant for free by local fishermen. © Konoba Makarun The restaurant's altruistic endeavours have made them a story of interest in the local media and since their tale was told, Makarun has been inundated with offers of assistance. People from elsewhere in Dalmatia and members of the Croatian diaspora have offered to send food or money to help keep the good work going. They have also been contacted by relatives and friends of Split residents who are isolated, requesting that their loved ones be added to the delivery list. So far, the restaurant, which is without its regular cash flow due to the general shut down, says it has enough resources to continue its work for another 20 days. Hopefully, they can find a way to carry on for as long as their
OAZA Joyful Kitchen is preparing free meals for those in need
Zagreb's vegan and vegetarian OAZA Joyful Kitchen has been doing its part for the community since the COVID-19 crisis began. On top of the pandemic, Zagreb was recently hit heavily by an earthquake which forced some citizens out of their homes and into temporary accommodations in student dormitories. The earthquake mixed with an recent influx of cold weather and snow has further aggravated an already difficult situation. To help, OAZA is preparing free, warm dishes for those in Zagreb who need them. OAZA is able to cover 100 meals a day for the next two weeks - but it's also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign hoping to further prolong this praiseworthy project. OAZA Joyful Kitchen's crowdfunding campaign goal Donations will go toward food preparation (ingredients, packaging, bills and delivery costs), while restaurant staff and cooks will work on a voluntary basis. OAZA aims to, with the help of contributors, secure at least 100 vegetarian and nutritious free meals a day over the next two months to show solidarity and help suffering citizens. The entire campaign will be monitored by an accounting firm to ensure financial transparency. At the end of the initiative, a full financial report will be posted on the restaurant's website. How will those in need be reached? OAZA has an ongoing media campaign dedicated to spreading information on the initiative. It's also working directly with community-based associations and charities to receive information on who needs meals the most
From today, Croatia has seven Michelin-starred restaurants
From today, Croatia has seven Michelin-starred restaurants. Details of this year's gradings have just been released and two new restaurants have joined the existing five in Croatia that were already on the list.The two new restaurants to receive the designation are LD Terrace in Korčula (main image) and Boškinac in Novalja on the island of Pag. They join Noel in Zagreb, Draga di Lovrana in Lovran, Monte in Rovinj, Pelegrini in Šibenik and 360 in Dubrovnik, which all maintained their standards in order to keep their Michelin stars.Boškinac in Novalja on the island of PagMichelin's restaurant guides have been published for more than 100 years and Michelin stars are widely regarded as the most prestigious awards a restaurant can receive, requiring restaurants to meet strict criteria when reviewed anonymously by the guides' compilers. Reviewers secretly return to each Michelin-starred restaurant every year in order to judge if an awarded restaurant may keep its grading. Boškinac is also a boutique hotel and has its own vineyards and wineIn addition to the main Michelin-starred winners, the new Michelin Guide also recommended the following restaurants in Croatia Appetite Bistro by Marin Rendić, ManO, Dubravkin Put, Pod Zidom, Time, Boban, Beštija, Apetit, Tekka, Zinfandel's, Takenoko and Le Bistro Esplanade in Zagreb. Mon Ami in Velika Gorica, Bedem in Varaždin, Mala Hiža in Mačkovec, Konoba TRS in Trogir, Jeny in Tucepi, Bougainville in Cavtat, Filippi on Korcula plus Navis and
The 80 best Zagreb restaurants
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The best restaurants in Croatia
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Breakfast, brunch and beyond
Breakfast in Zagreb guide
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