Cafeteria Commemorates Calamity of Chernobyl: Special Menu Offered for Anniversary



(Bethesda, MD) – The NLM Cafeteria, commonly known as the Eat-‘N-Runs, joined the world in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, though it is unknown how many cafeterias worldwide paused to remember the important date in history.

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, located in Kiev, Ukraine, exploded on April 26, 1986, irradiating much of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Europe. The half-life of the contamination can be tens of thousands of years, condemning thousands to life-long health problems and radioactive contamination.

To commemorate the day, the cafeteria provided a plethora of Ukrainian dishes:

Name What is It?
Fish Tolcheniki Almost the same as fish-balls; served with fried onion and butter
Kapustnyak A dense soup made from pork, fat and sauerkraut
Knydli Small pastries made from potato dough with a whole plum inside
Vareniki z Tvorogom Small pastries made from unleavened dough with a filling from berries, tvorog, cheese and other things

Between the normal retching sounds that fill the Eat-‘N-Runs, many customers gave a glowing review of their special lunch.

Cafeteria Commemorates Calamity of Chernobyl: Special Menu Offered for Anniversary. FLATLINE 2006 May-Oct; 8(5-10):5