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To help restaurant workers from over 3,000 closed restaurants in New Orleans – until Katrina of the most exciting foodie metropolis in the US -- South Florida restaurants and theatres are gearing up to create events in benefit of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts:

  • Wish at The Hotel hosts a buffet-style strolling dinner party Monday September 12, at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the American Red Cross of Greater Miami's hurricane relief fund. To support the initiative, designer Todd Oldham, who designed The Hotel and Wish, will be in attendance . Wish at The Hotel, 801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 305-674-9474. Minimum donation: $50 at the door; reservations not required.
  • Chef Carmen Gonzalez has rescheduled the James Beard preview dinner for Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross hurricane disaster fund. Carmen the Restaurant, the David William Hotel, 700 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Reservations required at 305-913-1944. Cost is $75 plus tax and tip.
  • Jonathan Eismann and tropical fruit grower Roger Washington are donating 75 percent of proceeds of the Thursday, September 15 five-course dinner chef-farmer dinner at Pacific Time to Share Our Strength relief efforts. Pacific Time, 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, Reservations: 305-534-5979. Cost: $65 plus tax and tip.
  • Tuesday September 27, 2005 at 8 p.m. New Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Rafael de Acha is planning a benefit performance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, with the best from the Shakespeare series as well as from past, present and future seasons. New Theatre, 4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables. Tickets: 305-443-5909. For more details please visit Minimum suggested tax-deductible contribution: $50 pp
  • From September 1, 2005 through September 30, 2005, SUSHISAMBA dromo in Miami, New York and Chicago will donate 1% of their total food and beverage sales to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims of hurricane Katrina. SUSHISAMBA dromo, 600 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach. 305.673.5337
  • Saturday, October 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Johnson & Wales University is donating the proceeds of the Gulf Coast Hurricane Food & Wine Benefit, a gourmet food and wine tasting served in their 16 professional kitchens and dining rooms, to the American Red Cross in benefit of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Reservations and prepayment are required. Johnson & Wales University, Florida Campus.1701 NE 127th St. North Miami, RSVP to (305) 913-2102. Admission is $60.
  • South Florida chefs Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s in Aventura, Oliver Saucy and Mark Militello will take part in an all-star Katrina benefit in Washington, D.C., Monday, October 17 in conjunction with Share Our Strength's annual leadership conference. Details and ticket information are at
  • The New Orleans Hospitality Workers' Disaster Relief Fund, organized by the Brennan family of restaurateurs, is collecting funds to aid displaced restaurant workers. Send checks to New Orleans Hospitality Workers' Disaster Relief Fund c/o Greater Houston Community Foundation, 4550 Post Oak Pl., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77027. For more information: 713-333-2200
  • The Southern Foodways Alliance and the James Beard Foundation have set up a job bank ( for Gulf Coast restaurant workers whose jobs were swept away by the storm.
  • September 15 a convoy of trucks from the Salvation Army in South Florida will make it's way to the Gulf Coast. Ten drop off locations have been set up around Broward County to collect supplies at various Self Storage facilities. Call Andrea at (754) 367-0806 for details on what is needed and your closest dropoff location, or email for a list.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005

    WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
    WHERE: Restaurants across the nation

    Chefs and Restaurateurs across the nation are requested to donate a portion of their proceeds from this day to Share Our Strength’s Hurricane Katrina Fund.
    Should you agree to participate go to

Latest from New Orleans

"The birthplace of jazz, home of magnificent European architecture, and originator of the most renowned cuisine on the planet has suffered a terrible blow. But the city's spirit is strong, its people are resilient and its incredible history and character survive. "
- New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • The historic French Quarter and nearly all the hospitality infrastructure survived Katrina, though battered.
  • Several bars in the Quarter are now open for the locals to visit and share stories, though there is nothing to sell or serve yet.
  • Louis Armstrong International Airport is open for limited passengers. Many hotels may be back in pristine condition in less than 30 days for this fall.
  • Katrina may have ruined as many as 160,000 homes, officials have comfirmed 279 deaths in Louisiana so far. (Tues. 9/13)
How to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina
Donating cash to American Red Cross: 1-800-HELP NOW
Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
The Humane Society of the United States: (888) 259-5431
Direct Relief International: (805) 962-3700
Food for the Hungry: (877) 780-4261 ext 2506
International Medical Corps: (800) 481-4462
International Rescue Committee: (877) 733-8433
North Shore Animal League: (877) 4SAVEPET
Save the Children: (800) 728-3843
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation: (877) 387-6126
The US Coast Guard Foundation: (860) 535-0786 UNICEF USA: (800) 4UNICEF
Shelter information in Louisiana: (800)469-4828
(Sources: New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau)

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