Koreole hosts fried chicken fundraiser for Alton Sterling’s family Saturday


Koreole hosts a pop-up fundraiser July 9 to benefit the family of Alton Sterling. - COURTESY KOREOLE/FACEBOOK
  • Koreole hosts a pop-up fundraiser July 9 to benefit the family of Alton Sterling.

Koreole (2809 St. Claude Ave.) will host a fundraiser Saturday, July 9 to benefit the family of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man killed by Baton Rouge police officers earlier this week.

The pop-up was originally planned as part of an ongoing pop-up series to spread the word about the grocery-restaurant hybrid's opening in mid-August. But when news of Sterling’s death spread, owner Kayti Williams said they shifted gears, choosing to donate the proceeds to Sterling's family members.

“We had at first considered canceling the event and going to Baton Rouge to be with family at the protest,” said Williams, who runs Koreole with her husband. 

“This is happening all over the U.S., of course, but it’s hitting much closer for all of us now here in New Orleans," Williams says. "We stand for justice, and we believe that no matter what platform you use, you use it to better society for your community. We realized that we have to use the platform that we have… and we’re going to use our industry to bring awareness in whatever way we can.”

The response to the event was quick: After Williams posted about the fundraiser on social media, local ice cream hawkers KREAM volunteered to sell ice cream at the event and to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Sterling family.

Saturday’s “CHI-MAC” menu (a Korean term referring to fried chicken and beer) includes a choice of Korean-fried chicken wings, boneless chicken or fried tofu and several preparations, including the spot’s signature honey-garlic sauce, chili Buffalo, salt and pepper or sweet Creole. Sides include cheesy corn maque, summer noodle salad or french fries. Most plates will run around $10, Williams says.

Local artist Abdi Farah will show his artwork at the pop-up as well, as part of the St. Claude Arts District's Second Saturday Art Walk. 

The event is BYOB. For more information, visit Koreole's Facebook page here.

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