We are all devastated and at a loss for what Texas has, and still is going through. Hurricane Harvey has completely turned lives upside down, and that's why the DC community has come together to help out those in need. This segment is focused on how local businesses can help them, and what role you can play as well. The Restaurant Association Washington and DC, VA, and MD restaurants and hospitality businesses are supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. As an association that represents restaurants across the Washington, DC metropolitan region, they understand the devastating impact an event like Hurricane Harvey can have on small businesses, and the need for immediate and ongoing support of the community in Southeast Texas. For more information on what the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is doing and to see all the events, click here. Let's Meet The Goal - Jeff and Barbara Black will match dollar for dollar donations up to $100,000 USD made by guests at all Black Restaurant Group locations (Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Black Jack, Tilt Side Bar, BlackSalt, Black’s Bar and Kitchen, Black Market Bistro, Republic and Addie’s Restaurant). From Thursday, August 31 through Thursday, September 14, restaurant guests will be able to make donations directly on their check to be matched by Black's Family Foundation. If the goal is not reached, the drive will continue. Online donations to relief efforts via Black Family Foundation can be made here. (Please note that you do not have to visit any restaurant to donate and have your donation matched). For more information on the foundation click here. For restaurant locations and times of operation, click here. DC Comes Together - The rain hasn’t stopped falling over southeast Texas, but relief efforts are already well on the way from every corner of the country. It’s obvious from the horrific images of devastation all across Houston and the Gulf Coast, this storm will require help from all of us. While no amount of money is enough to replace lost loved ones or repair the mental and emotional damage left in Hurricane Harvey’s wake, any amount of money is enough to begin to help rebuild. This Saturday, September 2nd, members of DC’s food and beverage community are banding together for a city-wide fundraiser in support of the American Red Cross’ relief efforts. Organizers from DC Brau and Boundary Stone, among others, are reaching out to partners in the community to join them. In addition to DC Brau, Boundary Stone, DC Reynolds, New Columbia Distillers, 1905, and El Camino have all pledged a portion, if not all of their Saturday sales, to the effort, with more to come. For anyone who wishes to donate directly to the collection, visit the group’s Crowdrise page here.Let's Come Together And Help - At Doukénie Winery, all tastings starting from now through Labor Day will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort. Doukénie will match the total amount collected. So let's come together and help. (14727 Mountain Road Purcellville, VA; 540.668.6464; doukeniewinery.com)
Stepping Up - This year more than ever before, the DC restaurant community has mobilized to help neighbors and friends near and far. Earlier this year, Himitsu’s Carlie Steiner and Kevin Tien supported Planned Parenthood ahead of January’s Women's March. In the past week, Tropical Storm Harvey has flooded Houston and the surrounding areas, causing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. In response, Himitsu will be open on Sunday, September 2nd and Monday, September 3rd for regular dinner service and a Chicken Sando lunch pop-up. The Chicken Sando is a family meal staple at Himitsu and includes the restaurant’s signature Karaage Fried Chicken. Lunch is available from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and dinner is available from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100% of profits will be donated to local Texas resources- one for immediate relief and one for long-term relief that will help build back homes and neighborhoods. They are The Greater Houston Community Foundation and The United Way. Himitsu will also be donating 10% of their profits (and will accept open donations) all week leading up to Sunday and Monday to Feeding Texas, a nonprofit that works with state and federal relief efforts and steps in during major disasters to help coordinate food efforts. (828 Upshur Street NW; himitsudc.com )
Drink For A Cause - From now through Friday, all Mike Isabella Concepts restaurants will donate $1 for every cocktail sold to hurricane relief organizations. Restaurants include: Arroz, G, Graffiato, Kapnos, Kapnos Kouzina, Kapnos Taverna, Pepita, Requin and Yona. For a list of locations and more information click here. Taco's For Texas - Beginning Saturday, both Taco Bamba locations in Falls Church and Vienna will serve a brisket taco for one week with proceeds going to Harvey relief efforts. Ricky Bobby $4 – Brisket Suadero, pickled chiles, serrano chile salsa, poblano ranch, blistered shishitos, spicy pickled onions, cilantro. For locations and more information click here. Safe Travels - As a board member of World Central Kitchen, Victor Albisu is traveling to Houston to cook and distribute food to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. This year more than ever before, the DC restaurant community has mobilized to help neighbors and friends near and far. For more information of WCK and how you can help click here.