Wednesday, September 7

NOLA Benefits We Know About

1) Nationwide

Dine for America, October 5th, to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Got to where participating restaurants, independent operators, national chains, tableservice, and quickservice can choose from a menu of options on how they would like to participate.

2) Nationwide

Share Our Strength will host a Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit on October 17, featuring 40 chefs from around the country, with 100% of the funds raised going to local organizations directly assisting victims in the areas affected by the hurricane. For details and tickets, go to .

3) Atlanta

On Sunday, October 2nd, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, subdudes, Kingsized with Dames Aflame are in concert at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse. General admission tickets are $25, with all proceeds going to Preservation Hall's N.O. Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund and Tipitina's Foundation. Contact:

4) Chicago

Benefit October 6th in Chicago. Jimmy Bannos of Heaven on Seven along with New Orleans chef Susan Spicer and others present a tasting menu. Dinner is $50.00 per person, 100% of which will be donated to he Katrina Relief Fund and a Hospitality Industry Charity. McCormick Place Grand Ballroom. For tickets and information, call the Illinois Restaurant Association at 312.787.4000

5) New York City

New Chefs for 'New' New Orleans will showcase next generation talent including NYC chefs as well as New Orleans Chefs Bob Iacovone of Cuvée and Chuck Subra of La Cote Brasserie. Chefs will cook New Orleans fare to be served at The Cornell Club, New York, October 11th. Proceeds benefit New Orleans tourism efforts through the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. Contact Katie at 212.758.5322 or

6) Saratoga, NY

Hatties Restaurant hosts a fundriaser for Hurricane Katrina victims. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross. All waiter and bartenders are donating their time and tips to this cause. Please call Elizabeth Alexander at 518.791.2788. Monday October 3rd, Hattie's Restaurant, 45 Phila Street, Saratoga NY.

7) NYC

October 1, at the Grand Central Oyster Frenzy, the 25-year veteran shucker at Acme in New Orleans, Michael "Hollywood" Broadway will shuck oysters for the cause when donations are accepted for every oyster shucked during a one-minute period. Pledges will be accepted by logging onto, or live at the Oyster Bar's annual Oyster Frenzy beginning at 12:00 noon on Saturday prior to the annual Grand Central Shucking Championship competition.

8) NYC

On October 17, the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is hosting a fund-raising dinner to benefit Share Our Strength's Katrina Relief Fund. Writer Calvin Trillin and Chef Susan Spicer will be among the guests of honor to address the audience, who will enjoy a five course New Orleans-inspired menu prepared by ICE chefs. ICE aims at raising $20,000 through the sale of $200 tickets and a live auction.

Share Our Strength is providing financial support to the food banks in New Orleans, Mobile, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, and will provide targeted funds to families of foodservice workers who have lost their employment in the wake of the hurricane. ICE is proud to be able to contribute to this effort through this fundraiser.

A cocktail party will launch the event at 6:30 p.m., and guests will sit for dinner at 7 p.m. Over the course of the evening, Trillin, Spicer, professor and author Dr. Randy Fertel, will provide entertainment in the form of remarks, anecdotes, and music. As a staff writer for The New Yorker and Time magazine and the author of over eight books, Trillin frequently writes about food, travel, politics and the south. Spicer is the executive chef and partner in restaurants Bayona and Herbsaint in New Orleans, and won the 1993 the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef, Southeast Region. Fertel is the son of Ruth Fertel, founder of the New Orleans-based Ruth's Chris Steak House chain. He is at work on his first book, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak, which is a memoir about his parents, food, and growing up in New Orleans.

To purchase tickets, please call ICE at 212-847-0770. The Institute of Culinary Education is located at 50 West 23rd Street, New York NY 10010 and online at For more information on Share of Our Strength's work, please visit

9) Nationwide -- Epicurious Index of Relief Efforts

Thanks to Jane Bouchon, who has shared with us this useful Web site which catalogues even more NOLA fundraising events: Check them out and support one in your area.