While Houston is still getting back on its feet after Hurricane Harvey, Oregon is suffering from a forest fire that’s caused many evacuations. Hurricane Irma has pummeled the Caribbean as it heads towards southern Florida and Hurricane Jose is not far behind. In light of these events, chefs and restaurants across the nation are pulling together their resources to help relief efforts in affected areas. Here’s what’s happening this week in food events:
- Last weekend, Philadelphia and Miami locations of Federal Donuts gave all their proceeds from sales of its Peanut Caramel Apple doughnut to the Houston Food Bank. Maker’s Mark, which the pastry is made with, matched the entire donation.
- On Tuesday, Portland-based Pip’s Original Doughnuts teamed up with local restaurants Chicken and Guns, Urban Gleaners, Water Avenue Coffee and venue Union/Pine to house and feed those evacuated out of homes due to the Eagle Creek fire in Oregon.
- Yesterday, Whole Foods Markets in the Houston area served a free pasta dinner to people affected by Harvey, first responders and their families.
- Brooklyn dine-in movie theater, Nitehawk Cinema, is giving $4 for every Austin Eastcider and Tito’s Vodka cocktail ordered to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund for all of September. Both drinks are Texas-made.
- Feast Portland announced that a benefit barbecue, Feast For All, will occur Sunday, September 17. Tickets are going for $30 and all proceeds from the dinner will go to the Red Cross and non-profit Friends of Columbia Gorge.
- New York chef Eric Ripert took to Instagram to announce that his restaurant, Le Bernadin, is in the process of sending help to victims of Hurricane Irma.
- According to Eater, Philadelphia chef Eli Kulp and restaurateur Ellen Yin launched #chefs4houston, an effort that asks chefs to create a dish and donate the proceeds made from that dish to victims of Harvey.