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DC area restaurants join together to raise money for Haiti.

Red Cross cupcakes at Buzz Bakery

A few DC area restaurants are doing all that they can to help with the relief effort of Haiti survivors. Some are holding fundraisers, others are donating proceeds of sales, offering to match employee donations, some are doing a combination of efforts. Please patronize these restaurants’ to show your support for their efforts.

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) is designating special menu items, wines and beers at each one of their restaurants and proceeds from the sales of these selections will be donated to Red Cross and the Haitian Emergency Rebuilding Operation (H.E.R.O). All the items will be marked with a red cross on the restaurants’ menus, so guests can easily identify the dishes that are part of the fundraising efforts. In addition, the NRG is hosting a fundraiser at the Columbia Firehouse on Wednesday, January 20 from 6 to 9 pm with a former employee and his wife who just survived the earthquake. A $40 donation per guest is requested and included Columbia Firehouse will serve complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the benefit. All proceeds will go to H.E.R.O.  Frank Thorp V, formerly a Rustico employee, now working as an American aid worker, was in the mountains 100 miles away from Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck but his wife, Jillian, was trapped in the wreckage the Mission House for the Haitian Ministries building. He left the city immediately, and after nearly 10 hours pinned beneath the rubble, Frank pulled Jillian from the pile of concrete, bricks and wood. She survived with miraculously minor injuries.

From the newly created Red Cross cupcakes available at Buzz, the Evening Star Cafe and Star Catering to many of the wines on offer at Tallula, Columbia Firehouse, and the Evening Star Cafe along with a smart selection of beers on tap at Rustico, Birch & Barley and ChurchKey – they’ve made giving something delicious as well. Each of these items and more will be identified on their menus with a red cross. The proceeds from the sales of these selections will be donated to both H.E.R.O and the Red Cross. Additionally, each restaurant will have old school giving jars prominently displayed at each location for a quick donation. Every little bit helps.

Local DC Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj,  owner of seven of Washington’s most prominent restaurants has announced a month-long fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross Relief for Haiti. Bajaj has encouraged his employees to donate to the cause and has vowed to match their donation dollar for dollar. In addition, Bajaj is reaching out to patrons for their support in a month-long showcase of signature items from his award-winning restaurants including 701, Ardeo/Bardeo, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, The Bombay Club, Oval Room, and Rasika. From January 19th to February 19th , when guests enjoy the featured appetizer and/or main course, a dollar from the sale of each of these dishes will be donated to the cause. The team of talented chefs has chosen some of the most popular items on their menus, optimizing the amount of proceeds that will be donated to American Red Cross Relief for Haiti. The showcased items include 701’s King Crab Salad and Grilled Branzino, Ardeo’s “Big One’s” Mussels and Cider Braised Beef Short Ribs, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca’s Polpettine, Veal Meat Balls in Sugo Finto and Spaghetti Nero, Black Spaghetti, Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab, The Bombay Club’s Spicy duck Kababs and Tandoori Salmon, The Oval Room’s Roasted Baby Beets and Butter Poached Lobster, and Rasika’s Palak Chaat and Black Cod. 

TRYST, the DINER and OPEN CITY will donate 100% of their sales of drink specials to the UNICEF fund for Haitian Earthquake Survivors.  The drink specials include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at the DINER, the Creamsicle Cooler Open City and any coffee beverage with a shot of Bailey’s at Tryst. These specials will be running all weekend, starting at 10am Friday, January 15, through midnight on Sunday, January 17. “UNICEF’s priority is to make sure that Haiti’s children get vital help as soon as possible,” says Manager Jocelyne DeHaas, “100% of every dollar you spend on this special will support UNICEF’s relief efforts for children in Haiti. It’s that easy.” (Photo courtesy of s_lengvt via photobucket)

Busboys and Poets – The U Street restaurant offers an open mike forum on Sunday, Jan. 17, for anyone who wants to discuss their thoughts or concerns about the situation in Haiti through poetry or song. Poets Benny Blaq and Komplex and musicians Kyonte DeAngelo Redman are among the performers. A suggested donation of $10 will be taken for the Yele Earthquake Fund and Partners in Health.

The Passenger – Derek Brown’s new hot watering hole located at 1021 7th St., NW will donate 25 percent of its sales and all of its staff tips to the International Red Cross on Monday, Jan. 18. Please support their efforts and patronize these very generous establishments.


2 Responses

  1. Lisa – I read your blog all the time and while I am not one who usually writes or comments, I want you to know how much I enjoy your stories. But I am writing now to thank you for the posting on Haiti. I lived in Haiti from 2004-2006 and many of my friends are lost or have lost so much. It is difficult to put into words the devastation there. I appreciate very much your devoting so much space and focus on how people can help Haiti. I try to remember good things about Haiti – like the food, which is how I came to this today. I wrote about my favorite Haitian New Year pumpkin soup on my website (cuisinivity.com) today, but I am eager for a recipe if anyone out there has one. Thanks to you again. I encourage everyone to give what you can to help the people of Haiti.

  2. Hey Great Post! My prayers are with the Haiti peopleThe Haiti tragety totally sadens me and my heart goes out to them. ; I just donated to the Red Cross and urge you all to do the same too.  What a sad time for these people. I found a great site with a list of legitimate companies to go to offer Haitian CharitiesI just donated to the Soles2Souls. My prayers are with the Haitian people.

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