Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused some serious damage across the United States and other countries. Many were affected by the storms, including tons of those in the hospitality industry. To help these individuals get up on their feet, chefs from around the country, including Michael Symon and Rick Moonen, are hosting a special hurricane relief fund dinner.
On October 2nd, participating restaurants across the country, including New Orleans legend Commander's Palace and Moonen's Las Vegas restaurants, will participate in a special "One Meal, One Night, One Nation" dinner. Other restaurants that have joined the special event include Los Angeles's Mendocino Farms and Dan Barber's Blue Hill. A portion of proceeds from every restaurant partaking in the event will go to individual grants for hospitality workers, Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign, the World Central Kitchen to support those in Puerto Rico, and local school partners in the Greater Houston and Florida Gulf communities.
The event is being put together by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, and Ti Adelaide Martin and Lady Brennan, co-proprietors of Commander's Palace. It's their way of giving back to those affected by hurricanes in the hospitality industry, and to say thanks after they were given a generous amount of help following Hurricane Katrina.
A list of participating restaurants can be found on hospitality tech platform Reserve's special site for the event. Any restaurant across the nation who wants to join in can also sign up on that page. Diners who are unable to join the special dinner also have the option of donating to an Indiegogo campaign or by mailing checks to the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Those donations should specify "Hurricanes Harvey & Irma & Maria Hospitality Employee Relief Fund," and can be mailed to 919 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130. Donations to the Indiegogo campaign and the Greater New Orleans Foundation are both tax-deductible.