While Hurricane Harvey was still dropping rain on Texas and southwestern Louisiana last week, many New Orleans restaurants and bars started collecting donations to assist people affected by flooding. Here are some of the ongoing efforts.
Following catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana last year, Langlois (www.langloisnola.com) chef and owner Amy Cyrex Sins organized chefs and food purveyors to feed people in affected areas. She's coordinating similar efforts for those affected by Harvey.
"There are more than 10,000 restaurants in the Houston area, and this is our chance to return the hospitality after Hurricane Katrina," Sins says.
Information about efforts and how to contribute or volunteer is available on the Facebook group page for Louisiana Flood & Disaster Outreach — New Orleans Cooks and also via the hashtag #withlovefromnola. Many restaurants are collecting gift cards to send to storm victims.
Second Harvest Food Bank (www.no-hunger.org) accepts donations from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at its Elmwood warehouse at 700 Edwards Ave., and from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northshore Food Bank at 840 N. Columbia St. in Covington. Recommended donations include nonperishable items (cans with pop-tops are preferred), granola and protein bars, cereals, peanut butter, fruit juices, water, cleaning supplies, personal items, toiletries and baby items.
Chef Susan Spicer's Mondo (900 Harrison Ave., 504-224-2633; www.mondoneworleans.com) and Rosedale (801 Rosedale Drive, 504-309-9595; www.rosedalerestaurant.com) are serving as drop-off points for donations to Second Harvest. Both restaurants are offering a free beer from Texas (a Shiner beer or one from Saint Arnold Brewing Company) or a cocktail made with Tito's vodka to people making a donation or showing proof of a donation to Second Harvest, Houston Food Bank, American Red Cross, Salvation Army or a blood donation.
The Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St., 504-900-1180; www.acehotel.com/neworleans) added a margarita to menus at its bars and restaurants Josephine Estelle and Seaworthy, and for each one purchased in September, $1 will be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation (www.ghcf.org) for relief efforts.