Petworth’s Domku boycotts Russian beer to protest Ukraine conflict

You'll no longer find Baltika on the menu at Domku, the Scandinavian/Eastern European restaurant in Petworth. After Russian forces entered Crimea, Carpenter axed the Russian beer from her menu in protest of president Vladimir Putin and in support of Ukraine.

Kera Carpenter, owner and chef of Domku Restaurant serves the traditional Danish pancakes known as ebelskivers in Washington, DC on June 12, 2012. These traditional Danish pancakes are served during holidays and celebrations. They are cooked in a cast-iron pan specially designed for making the pancakes. FOOD 6/20: COVER: This will be for the Immigrant's Table column for June 20. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Kera Carpenter, owner and chef of Domku Restaurant. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

"I feel a personal obligation to make my feelings known when I see bullying taking place, whether that happens to be an aggressor nation acting against another country or a kid bullying another kid," Carptener said in an e-mail.

This isn't the first time that Carpenter has taken the Russian beer off of the menu:  she also boycotted it during the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia. In its place, she'll be adding the "Orange Revolution," a drink inspired by Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution. It's made from orange aquavit, orange blossom water, a splash of orange juice and a sugar rim. "It tastes like optimism," Carpenter said.

Recipes inspired by Russia, Ukraine and Georgia -- such as the Ukrainian borscht, the "Russian Bird's Nest" frisee salad and the Georgian eggplant caviar -- are among the cuisines featured on Domku's menu.

"I've got nothing against Russia the country or Russian people," Carpenter said, "but sometimes their leaders act like real [jerks]."

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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