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Culinary event attendees will receive a box of ingredients upon signing up for the program.

Richmond residents are invited to learn how to make a fine French pastry as part of a fundraiser for Ukrainians.

The March 19 baking bonanza will take place at Richmond’s River Green Presentation Center, which will be transformed into a studio kitchen for the day.

A professional chef will teach attendees how to make French Palmier cookies, explained Helen Yu, the event organizer.

“French palm cookies may seem like a million steps, but you can also use frozen puff pastry or learn to make from scratch this Saturday,” Yu said.

“Then you can use the fancy desserts to impress your friends.”

Yu noted that the money raised from the $38 entry fee, which includes a box of ingredients as well as feedback on each participant’s work, will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Appeal for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Participants can attend the course online.

Pastry chef Betty Hung, co-owner of Many Bakery & Cafe, said she’s excited to share her secret baking ingredients with more people in mid-March, and hope she can inspire more young people to love baking.

“I started baking at a very young age and I would like to share this experience with budding young bakers. Between running the bakery, writing a cookbook and blogging, I love giving back to the community. Although this time we are helping distant people, I think every effort counts,” Hung said.

Yu, along with members of her team, launched a program last year called Everything Goes Virtual (EGV) and she believes food can bring people together in ways that nothing else can.

The program has rolled out several cooking classes over the past few months with people learning how to cook simple but delicious Chinese dishes from the comfort of their homes, Yu noted.

Participants will receive a box of ingredients once enrolled in the program. For more information, visit https://www.everythinggoesvirtual.com/culturetastic.html.