Recuperate 'n Rally
Jacqueline Sainsbury / November 9th, 2012
In the midst of a seemingly endless stream of Sandy analysis (mixed with presidential election coverage), here's what we've heard through the grapevine about how the industry is rising to the occasion: Last Seersucker hosted Eat Pork, Help New York, where they roasted a 175 lb. Berkshire pig and made 1,000 pulled pork sliders with green tomato BBQ sauce, which sold for $10 each and benefited the Red Hook Initiative. • The New York City Food Truck Association (@nycfoodtruck) partnered with airline JetBlue last week in serving up free hot meals in various locations throughout the boroughs. Trucks such as Milk Truck, Frites 'n Meats, and Wafels & Dinges distributed over 4,000 meals in the Rockaways on Sunday alone. The campaign continues this week—those who wish to donate funds to the trucks can visit their website. • David Chang is hosting three events on Friday to benefit the American Red Cross. • Last weekend, Daniel Boulud joined the Momofuku Ko crew to host a $495 a plate benefit dinner. • Instead of running the New York City Marathon, many participants suited up to run goods and supplies to distressed Staten Island residents. • Anonymous givers have been ordering pizza and having it delivered to firefighters, and Lee's Tavern is refusing to accept payment for them. • David Burke is partnering with Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon to donate almost 1,000 pounds of salmon to New Jersey charities. Beginning next Tuesday, Burke will donate a percentage of the profits from all Skuna Bay salmon dishes sold at his four New York restaurants. • Tonight, NYCFoodFlood is hosting a benefit dinner at Aldea with Seamus Mullen, George Mendes, Marco Canora, and Andrew Carmellini. • Last night, B. Smith's Restaurant hosted an Election Night Viewing Party-come-fund-raising event for those still affected by Sandy.
Food Arts sends our thoughts and best wishes to those affected and those sending aid—feel free to tell us how you've fared and share your experiences on Facebook.
Update: Two weeks later, we bring you the latest news regarding restaurants affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Hill Country Chicken is currently hiring displaced workers with positions including counter servers, bussers, prep cooks, and delivery drivers.
Red Hook Lobster Pound is selling gift certificates to help rebuild their lobster tanks, walk-ins, and kitchens.
After being completely submerged in water, Brooklyn’s Fort Defiance is selling gift certificates (or, as they call them, “Junk Bonds”) at twice the face value to help with damaged equipment and lost inventory.
Eater.com has rounded up 12 fund-raising campaigns specifically targeting food-related businesses that were hit hardest by Sandy.
Update: Six weeks later, Superstorm Sandy relief efforts continue across America.
Dine Out NYC, a social media movement urging people across the five boroughs to eat out in restaurants, is an effort to get the restaurant operators back on their feet. Follow the movement on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.
This Saturday, December 15, Sergio Miccu, president of the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (Naples, Italy), will make 200 Neapolitan pizzas for Sandy victims at Enoteca on Court Restaurant in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The pizzas will be delivered and distributed at Red Hook’s Visitation Church, one of the largest distribution points for goods and foods.
Jersey shore–based Booskerdoo Coffee is donating 10 percent of all proceeds of its “Jersey Diner” roast sold online to local Monmouth Beach Fire Company. Offer ends on December 31.
Eater.com has a running list of Sandy Relief events on its website.
“Start Spreadin’ the News” took place on the Brooklyn Bridge replica at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last Sunday, December 9, in support of relief efforts, with chefs from various casinos proffering up dishes representative of both New York City and Las Vegas. Over $100,000 was raised and donated to the Red Cross Relief Fund benefiting Sandy victims.
Also last week, Manhattan restaurant Ilili donated $1 to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for each Sandy Cocktail sold. On Sunday, December 9, the restaurant donated 10 percent of sales and 100 percent of patron donations to the same organization.
Washington, D.C. chefs Robert Wiedmaier, David Guas, and RJ Cooper held a toy drive to benefit children of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wiedmaier personally delivered the toys yesterday, December 12, to the Galloway Community Center in Atlantic County. Gift-givers were treated to confections at each of the chef’s restaurants for a toy donation.