Denver food truck offers “taste of Ukraine”

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – On March 9, KDVR Fox 31 in Denver profiled Pavlo Makolondra’s food truck, Pavlo’s Taste of Ukraine during its “everyday Colorado” segment. Mr. Makolondra, 35, explained to The Weekly that the Ukrainian community in Denver was small when he was growing up, consisting mostly of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. after the second world war. With 21 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked just about every job in the hotels and restaurants, in 2010 Mr. Makolondra attended

the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. After graduating he worked in Minneapolis as a sous chef under chef Andy Woodcock – whom he credits with mentoring and motivation. He returned to Denver in 2014 to start Pavlo’s Taste of Ukraine – basing his selections on guidance from his Ukrainian-born grandmother, Maria.

Actor-turned-financial guru publishes first book on finance

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Millennial expert, actress, author and entrepreneur Stefanie O’Connell published her first book in January. “The Broke and Beautiful Life” is based on her blog of the same name, which chronicles her experience as a struggling actor who needed to supplement her income with “survival jobs.”

In speaking with The Weekly via e-mail, Ms. O’Connell stated:

“I wrote ‘The Broke and Beautiful Life’ to share my perspective as a young person going through the unique challenges of establishing financial independence at a time where financial realities are grim. There’s a lot of personal finance advice out there, but not a whole lot of financial literacy, and I think it’s because people have trouble connecting to numbers and stats. Instead of just throwing out information, I try to tell stories, stories that will resonate with people and prompt them to make meaningful changes in their financial behavior for the better.”

“Everyone has their own challenges – student loan debt is a big one for Millennials while insufficient retirement savings is a huge stress for Baby Boomers. For me, the challenge has been navigating the realities of low income while managing big city living costs.

Taissa Farmiga builds acting career with upcoming projects

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Actor Taissa Farmiga, 20, was featured in three projects – “Share,” a short directed by Pippa Bianco; “Six Years,” a relationship drama shot in 2014 at the South-by-Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival; and “The Final Girls,” a horror comedy with Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev and Alia Shawkat – that premiered at the South-by-Southwest festival held on March 13-22 in Austin, Texas. Taissa’s acting debut was during her sister, Vera Farmiga’s, directorial debut, “Higher Ground” (2011). While promoting the film during the Sundance film festival, it was then that the younger Farmiga had realized that she had caught the acting bug. Taissa was briefly cast in the “American Horror Story” series on FX as teen witch Zoe Benson. And she hints that she may make a re-appearance on the show.

Cooking Channel features Denver food truck with Ukrainian staffer

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Cooking Channel featured the Street Eats food truck in Denver in the episode “The Spice is Right” on February 28 in its “Eat St.” series (in its fifth season). Owned by Rich W. and with support from veteran sous chef Dan Lasiy, the Street Eats food truck has become one of the most popular food trucks in the Denver area, making regular stops at festivals and concerts during the summer. “What makes us unique,” explained Mr. Lasiy while speaking with The Weekly, “is the diversity of our menu and the fact that it changes often. Most trucks around the country follow a specific theme, for example Mexican, or barbecue or just sandwiches, etc. There is no real limit to what we put on the menu.

Scythian’s “Old Tin Can Tour” kicks off new album release

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Ukrainian-influenced band Scythian was interviewed by WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio (89.7 FM) on February 26 by Bonnie North. Dan Fedoryka, the band’s front-man, vocalist, accordionist and rhythm guitarist explained, via telephone, the Ukrainian-Celtic fusion with elements of rock to create its sound. The band performed later that night at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. Other members comprising Scythian include: Fedoryka’s brother, Alexander, who plays fiddle, mandolin and bass; Josef Crosby, who also plays fiddle and bass; Tim Hepburn, who keeps the beat on drums and percussion; and the latest addition, cellist Larissa Fedoryka, Dan’s and Alex’s sister. Scythian, which has celebrated 10 years together, toured in Ireland on October 4-11, 2014.