(LA Trend) — As conflict intensifies between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, Los Angeles’ Armenian community comes together to support the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh. Los Angeles, specifically Glendale and Hollywood, is home to the largest Armenian diaspora community outside of Armenia. Many immigrants settled in Los Angeles to find religious freedom and escape genocide. Recently, communities have held protests to show solidarity with Armenia and raise awareness about the continuing conflict.
Not only has the Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles held official fundraisers for the Armenia Fund, but local restaurants are stepping up to donate proceeds to provide humanitarian aid and supplies to those directly affected by conflict. Show your support by ordering food from the scores of small businesses that are donating directly to the Armenia Fund.
As reported by Eater, Armen Piskoulian, the owner of Tony Khachapuri, raised over $1,000 in a single day for the Armenia Fund. Located inside Oui Melrose, this bakery is known for delicious khachapuri, a boat-shaped leavened bread filled with cheese, an egg yolk, and other toppings. Choose from the original bread, with a chewy yet crispy exterior, or opt for the sesame, salt, or everything crust for a bit more flavor.
Order a bag of ASF Coffee from Henry’s House of Coffee in San Francisco or stop by for takeout. This dark and medium blend is perfect for soorj (Armenian coffee) or your standard Americano. Henry’s has pledged to donate all proceeds from the ASF blend directly to the Armenia Support Fund with the goal of raising $50,000 and provide grants up to $2,500 each to small, family-owned businesses in Armenia who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Order takeout from the cleverly named Muffin Can Stop Us in Glendale. The Nevertarragon sandwich is their take on a traditional Armenian breakfast and includes feta whip, iceberg lettuce, freshly chopped tarragon, and a hard-boiled egg. This limited-time sandwich is only expected to last until the end of October. All proceeds from the sandwich will be donated to Artsakh.
The Good Food Market in Pasadena pledged 100 percent of proceeds to the Armenia Fund during October 13-15. This family-owned market is the perfect place to pick up staples like lebney, grape leaves, lavash, meat for kabobs, chocolates, and other hard-to-find products.
End the day with lollipops from Sweet Flower Shop on Instagram. Choose from lollipops or white chocolate colored to match the Armenian flag. Or order an at-home baklava kit from B.Baklava to beat the quarantine blues. Choose from original, pistachio, walnut, or Oreo kits.
For even more businesses to support, check out this handy spreadsheet compiled by the UCLA Armenian Student Association.