by Ian McNulty
Restaurant-based fundraisers and benefit dinners were one way people across the country found to give money to Katrina-relief causes after the levee failures here. Similar efforts are taking shape now in New Orleans to direct aid to earthquake survivors in Haiti, and two are on tab for Tuesday.
Creole Creamery, La Thai Uptown, Martinique Bistro and the Columns Hotel.
That same night, the Bywater restaurant Satsuma Café (3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962) hosts a locally-sourced, four-course dinner with wine pairings. The cost is $50 per person and all proceeds will benefit Association Haitienne de Development Humain, a medical nonprofit helping earthquake survivors. Here's Satsuma's menu:
Poached Louisiana Shrimp Salad
Black Drum with Wilted Greens
Lemon Pudding Cakes
Food for the dinner was donated by local farmers and fishermen. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and seating is limited to 30 people. To reserve call 304-5962.
A national restaurant industry response is also taking shape, using a template first devised for Katrina relief. The Louisiana Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association and the hunger-relief organization Share Our Strength are supporting Restaurants for ReliefHaiti.
The program is based on the original Restaurants for Relief, created after Katrina to support recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region. The program raised $1 million.
Donating a portion of sales from a week, a day or a specific menu item.
Collect donations from patrons, or direct them to make online donations at www.strength.org/haiti.
Encourage employees to make individual donations and match them.
Visit this Web site for more ideas.