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Restaurant Industry Hurricane Relief

New Orleans is considered by many to be one of the most important food and beverage capitals. The Cresent City houses approximately 10,700 foodservice establishments and employs roughly 200,000 hospitality workers who are now without jobs and housing for the foreseeable future. In an effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina we are asking the hospitality community to reach out and hire – and provide relocation assistance - to as many of these displaced individuals throughout the southeast as possible. We are posting a special “Help New Orleans’ Culinary Community” section on our homepage and in our newsletters and would like to include all employers who participate on our site that would like to help.

If you have positions to fill and can hire and relocate a displaced New Orleans foodservice worker, please choose one of the following options:

If you have a jobfinder account - please log in and post a job or select a previously posted job and check the box designating this job to be filled by displaced New Orleans foodservice workers.
Click Here

If you don't have a jobfinder account, please register for FREE. Any job for which you are willing to hire and relocate a displaced New Orleans foodservice worker is free. If you want this position to be available to jobseekers outside Hurricane victims, normal posting fees apply. Click Here


To view all available jobs providing relocation assistance for displaced New Orleans foodservice workers. Click Hereents



  • "Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour!" to Help Hurrican Katrina Victims

  • The Museum of the American Cocktail and Southern Comfort's Tales of the Cocktail are asking bar and restaurant owners across the country to shake New Orleans' classic cocktails on Monday, September 12, 2005, from 5-7pm, to directly benefit New Orleans' displaced food and beverage industry workers. Signature New Orleans cocktails such as The Sazerac, Pimm's Cup, Comfort Julep, French 75, and Brandy Milk Punch will be offered for $10 per drink, and 100% of the profit will be donated to a tax-deductible relief fund established by the Museum of the American Cocktail. For more informaton and a link to participating bars and restaurants, go to

  • Join Share Our Strength and in their effort to provide hunger relief to those in need as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

  • On Tuesday, September 27th, restaurants around the country will donate a portion of their dinner sales
    to Share our Strength's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

    If you are a restaurateur who wishes to join the national promotion, click here to sign up.

  • DINE FOR AMERICA (October 5, 2005)

  • A Benefit for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund organized by the National Restaurant Association. Proceeds from dinners in restaurants across the country will go to hurricane relief. Go to


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 28, 2005): Love, Dinner & Relief, An Evening to Support Hurricane Katrina Relief

    Where: The Teatro ZinZanni "spiegeltent", Pier 29 on the Embarcadero (at Lombard)
    What: A Two-Tiered Event

    5–7pm "New Orleans Happy Hour"
    56 Featuring the fabulous Zydeco Flames
    56 No-Host bar featuring Mint Juleps, Sazeracs, Dixie & Abita Beers
    56 Great oyster surprises and passed hors d’oevres

    7pm Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Dinner & Relief
    Dinner and show, starring Mississippi-born
    Thelma Houston and the amazing international
    Teatro ZinZanni performers plus some very special guests!

    Tickets: "New Orleans Happy Hour"
    $40 donation at the door.
    The Happy Hour plus the dinner and show: $150.

    Box Office: 415.438.2668


    NEW YORK CITY, NY (October 11, 2005): NYC and New Orleans Chefs Unite to Host New Orleans Economic Development Fundrasier

    Chefs from New York Ciy and New Orleans are joining forces, donating their time and talent to "New Chefs for a New New Orleans," a special fundraising event intended to spur restaurant and hospitality redevelopment in New Orleans. The event, to be held at The Cornell Club-New York on October 11th from 7-9pm, will showcase signature New Orleans fare from up-and-coming talent including NYC Chefs Galen Zamarra of Mas and Sue Torres of Sueños, as well as New Orleans Chefs Bob Iacovone of Cuvée and Chuck Subra of La Côte Brasserie. Tickets are $175 per person - all proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. To buy tickets, volunteer, or donate, please contact Katie Callahan of Venue PR at 212.758.5322 or

    BOSTON, MA (September 10, 2005): Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit and Raffle by Boston Young Professionals Association. Go to

    BOSTON, MA (September 14, 2005): Trefethen Vineyards Dinner at Cuvée to benefit the Red Cross. Call 617-536-7077

    CAMBRIDGE, MA (September 11, 2005): Old-Fashioned Bake Sale at Upstairs on the Square to benefit the Red Cross. Go to

    CHARLESTON, SC (September 12, 2005): Charleston Chefs for Hurricane Relief to benefit the Red Cross. Call 843-577-4522

    CHICAGO, IL (October 6, 2005): Jimmy Bannos & Friends Present a Fundraiser at Heaven on Seven to benefit hurricane relief. Go to

    GLOUCESTER, MA (September 11, 2005): Annual Peace Day Raffle to benefit the Red Cross. Call 9778-281-0017

    SOUTHBOROUGH, MA (September 15, 2005): Katrina Relief Wine Dinner at Tomasso Trattoria and Enoteca to benefit the Red Cross. Go to

    WASHINGTON, DC (October 17, 2005): Share Our Strength's Hurricane Relief Benefit Taste Event at the National Building Museum. Go to


Southern Foodways Alliance

Nation's Restaurant News Hurricane Katrina Blog


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Below is a list of organizations and groups that will take your assistance to those in need:

Donate Cash

  • American Red Cross

  • America’s Second Harvest

  • Americares

  • Feed the Children

  • Operation Blessing

  • Donate Cash and/or Volunteer

  • Adventist Community Services

  • Catholic Charities, USA

  • Christian Reformed World
    Relief Committee


  • Church World Service

  • Convoy of Hope

  • Salvation Army

  • United Jewish Communities
    800-462-8657, ext. 6440

  • United Way of America
  •  Published: September 2005