by Ian McNulty
Dinner last night at Reginelli's in Lakeview was the first time I can remember ever spending more for tap water than I did on beer at a pizza joint, or at any other restaurant for that matter. Our waitress said their last keg of Abita ran dry halfway through pouring us a pitcher, so that was on the house. Meanwhile, our glasses of tap water cost a dollar each, and for once I was glad to pay.
That's because the local Reginelli's chain is among the host of New Orleans-area restaurants participating in the Tap Water Project. The program is a fundraiser for UNICEF, the global children's health and nutrition agency, and it couldn't be simpler.
All this week, through March 22, participating restaurants are asking customers to donate a minimum of $1 for the tap water that is normally served free. They give the money to UNICEF, which will use it to fund clean water initiatives in 90 countries. The program started last year in New York City, where 300 restaurants participated, and now UNICEF has expanded it to 12 other cities across the country.
The New Orleans recovery effort has been the beneficiary of countless restaurant-based fundraisers held around the world since Hurricane Katrina. The Tap Water Project is an incredibly easy way to help return the favor to others in need.
You can see a list of local participating restaurants here.
- Ian McNulty