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St. Louis restaurants to raise additional aid for hurricane victims

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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St. Louis-area restaurants are coming together once again to provide aid for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria victims.

The Hamilton Restaurant Group hosts the Saint Louis Restaurants Hurricane Relief Fundraiser tomorrow, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Moulin Events. Proceeds from this ticketed event will be split between nonprofits AmeriCares and the Love for Love City Foundation.

Hamilton Restaurant Group co-owner Paul Hamilton said his family owns property in the Caribbean and wanted to support that community. “We have friends and family there,” he said. “Everyone from the Caribbean to Florida is in this, and there’s just so many people affected.”

Tickets are available online or at the door. Admission includes food tastings from Hamilton’s restaurants Vin De Set, PW Pizza, Eleven Eleven Mississippi and 21st Street Brewers Bar and Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern, as well as 11 other restaurants, including Polite Society, SqWires, Cunetto’s and LoRusso’s. and there will be live and silent auctions and live music. Heidi Glaus of “Show Me St. Louis” will emcee the event.

Two of the newest additions to Baileys’ Restaurant Group will also participate: Hugo’s Pizzeria and the upcoming L’Acadiane. “Beyond [the fundraiser] being a good cause and there being people in serious need, we’ve been in the neighborhood with Paul and Wendy Hamilton for several years and we respect them,” said owner Dave Bailey. “They reached out to restaurants in the neighborhood, and the credit really goes to them.”

Lafayette Square neighbor Square One Brewery and Distillery will also provide food and drink at the fundraiser. Owner Steve Neukomm also owns property in Florida and understands Irma’s overwhelming effects on the community. “I’ve been dealing with our condo down there,” he said. “It’s really affected us all.”

Photo courtesy of Hamilton Restaurant Group

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Friday, September 1st, 2017

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In wake of the recent tragedy in Texas, St. Louis restaurateurs and customers alike have banded together to send aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Demun Oyster Bar’s Tom Halaska, Byrd & Barrel’s Bob Brazell, Ices Plain & Fancy’s Max Crask and state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. organized the Babies & Fur-Babies Hurricane Supply Drive.

Halaska said dozens of St. Louis-area restaurants and bars have already volunteered to serve as supply drop-off points, including Guerrilla Street Food, Nudo House and 4 Hands Brewing Co. The drive has also partnered with Project Downtown STL, RukaNade and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. (A full list of drop-off locations can be found online.)

“It’s impressive that through the restaurant and bar community in St. Louis, you send a couple messages and make some calls and get this response,” Halaska said. “We’ve had a bunch of community support.”

Halaska and others will drive supplies down to Houston at the end of next week, so donors are asked to drop off all donations by Sept. 10, and to please stick to the list of suggested items for donations. Organizers are requesting supplies like diapers, cat and dog food, kitty litter, feminine hygiene products and baby bottles, with a full list of needed supplies available online.  People can also purchase products directly off an Amazon wish list and send them to Demun Oyster Bar.

“We’re trying to keep it condensed to a small amount of items,” Halaska said. “One thing we don’t want is to show up down there, and they won’t know what to do with everything. And we need everything new, nothing used.”

Additional restaurants interested in becoming drop-off locations can contact the organizers via the Facebook page. Halaska encouraged the community to give generously. “Even if we fill up three semi trucks, we still won’t have enough,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Nudo House 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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