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We are making an exception to our “affordables only” rule here to present some great opportunities to eat locally for aid in Haiti.

Haiti relief: help Seattle restaurants help raise funds

Posted by Nancy Leson

This week and next, local restaurants are extending a hand to Haiti with a variety of fundraisers and other ways to donate-by-dining. I expect there are many more restaurants with plans to help those who are helping raise fundsand hope — for the earthquake-ravaged country in the days and weeks to come. Please feel free to add to the list via my comments-box, or contact me directly via e-mail at nleson@seattletimes.com with details of events not listed. I’ll add them in an update. [1/20/10 12:10 p.m. list updated here.]

Amid the catastrophe: Smiles of joy and celebration when Gladys Louis Jeune is pulled from the rubble of her home in Port-au-Prince (AP photo/Patrick Farrell).

Here’s the list (as I know it) so far:

Tonight, January 19: Queen Anne restaurant siblings Crow (823 Fifth Ave. N., 206-283-8800) and Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-352-3773) will donate all of this evening’s profits to Doctors Without Borders. Call for reservations.

Thursday, January 21: Coastal Kitchen (429 15th Avenue. E.), serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Capitol Hill, will donate 25 percent of the day’s sales to Mercy Corps. In addition, a Mercy Corps volunteer will be on hand to receive any additional donations and discuss the organizations’ relief efforts. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thursday, January 21: Pho Saigon (1016 Madison St.) on First Hill will donate the entire day’s proceeds (and gratuities) to the efforts of Dr. Kathleen Jobe who, along with a the Seattle/King County Disaster Team, will soon be traveling to Haiti to set up a medical clinic providing emergency aid.

Sunday, January 24: Dinette (1514 E. Olive Way) on Capitol Hill will donate a portion of sales ($40 per person) from this week’s Tuscan-inspired Sunday Supper to NetHope. With only 40 seats for this family-style meal, reservations are going fast and available via e-mail by contacting Dinette@mail.vresp.com.

Monday, January 25: Iron Chef contender Daisley Gordon and Campagne in Pike Place Market (86 Pine St., Seattle; 206-728-2800) will offer a special 3-course Bouillabaisse Dinner comprising a traditional Provencal-style seafood stew, chevre salade and a galette for dessert. Sommelier Cyril Frechier is pouring wines. All proceeds ($100 per person) will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres (that’s French for Doctors Without Borders). Note: Campagne’s purveyors are donating products for the dinner, service staff is donating labor and gratuities, and the Inn at the Market (bless ’em!) has offered to match the first $5000 raised by the restaurant.

More Seattle-area restaurants for Haiti relief

Posted by Nancy Leson

Yesterday, I offered a list of local restaurants holding fundraisers for Haiti. And as I anticipated, many more were in the works. Here’s an update:

Purple Cafe & Wine Bar and Barrio restaurants are accepting donations for UNICEF’s Haiti relief fund now through Sunday, January 24. Corporate owners Heavy Restaurant Group will match a percentage of those donations.

Thursday, January 21: Pan Africa Restaurant near Pike Place Market is hosting a fundraising dinner. Call 206-652-2461 for reservations.

Saturday January 23: ART Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle will donate 10 percent of all dinner bills (before tax and tip) to Red Cross. Monies raised will be sent as part of a large corporate donation from Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

Sunday, January 24: A number of area restaurants, including Quinn’s Pub, Restaurant Zoe, Dinette (mentioned yesterday), Le Gourmand and La Rustica will donate a percentage of the night’s proceeds for a group donation to NetHope. Skylark Cafe & Club will donate a portion of brunch proceeds. More on that effort here.

Monday, January 25: Bengal Tiger Cuisine of India is hosting a buffet dinner from 5-10 p.m. ($14.95 per person), with 50 percent of proceeds going to World Vision.

Wednesday, January 27: Sushi Joa on Mercer Island will donate 20 percent of all restaurant sales to the Red Cross.

Wednesday, January 27: LTD Bar & Grill is hosting a fundraiser from 5 p.m. till close. All proceeds from draft beer sales will be donated to Mercy Corps. There will also be raffle prizes, donation jars and complimentary snacks!

Saturday, January 31: Mercer Island’s Cellar 46 wine bar and restaurant is hosting “Turning Wine into Water” — with all proceeds from wine sales sent to Haiti for water, food and medical supplies. The event begins at 5 p.m. and includes live music, food, wine-tasting and a wine auction. Individual donations will be collected at the door.

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