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Taste of Ukraine shares traditional foods while supporting people in Ukraine.

Gresham Food Carts continues to expand its food offerings with the introduction of Taste of Ukraine in early May at 2280 N.E. Burnside Road, Gresham. PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS  - Taste of Ukraine opened up in early May at the Gresham Food Carts and sends a percentage of their earnings to help support the people of Ukraine.

Victor Zimin, part owner of the shop, said he is excited to show off the food as well as some of the country's culture.

Originally from Kazahkhstan, Zimin had developed a love for food when he was young cooking for his family.

"I had been cooking since I was seven or eight years old," Zimin said. "I grew up with a big family, so I learned pretty quickly."

Although food and cooking were a big part of his life, Zimin never set out to get into the food truck business.

"One person was trying to open up a cart, brought his cart here and he had everything ready but ended up moving," Zimin said. "So, me and my business partner decided to buy it."

Lyuba Makarchuk, became very interested when she had heard that a Ukrainian food truck was coming.

"Ever since I heard they were going to open I was watching it along, and as soon I had some free time, I tried the food and basically hired myself," Makarchuk said laughing. Makarchuk, who is originally from Ukraine, has been working at the cart nearly every day since she has started.

"People have been great since we have opened up," Makarchuk said. "A lot of people have been watching our journey."

Makarchuk said that while the cart has been a way to get people who have never tried Ukrainian food a chance to experiment with their flavors, she has also enjoyed talking and interacting with fellow Ukrainian people.

"We have created a good atmosphere," Makarchuk said. "So, when people find out that I am from the same city as them, we make a connection."

Makarchuk and Zimin have also been able to help people in Ukraine effected by the war by donating a percentage of their proceeds and collecting donations.

"Not only are we opening people's minds to Ukrainian food and our culture, but also helping people over there who are suffering," Makarchuk said. "They are on our minds constantly."

What: Taste of Ukraine

Where: Gresham Food Carts, 2280 N.E. Burnside Road, Gresham

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Sunday

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