Restaurants Helping Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Image: Woodlands Fire Department thanks Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen and Chef Austin Simmons.

The outpouring of support from Texas restaurants and beyond has been nothing short of amazing. From thousands of hot meals being prepared to donation drives and monetary contributions, it shows how strong the giving spirit is in the food community. We’ve compiled a list of restaurants who are doing what they can to support victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Houston

Killen’s BBQ has not only donated 3,500 meals to victims and first responders, but owner Ronnie Killen has also donated $50,000 to help feed evacuees. He wants to donate around 30,000 meals. For more information, visit his Go Fund Me page.

Reef Houston is working to collect items such as ice chests, toiletries, baby needs, nonperishable food, and basic first aid supplies. You can find more details on how to donate on their Facebook page.

Down House Houston has been collecting clothing, diapers, hygiene products, non-perishable food items, pet food and supplies, and bedding for Refugio, Baytown, and other hurricane victims. They are updating their progress and needs by the hour, and you can follow their updates on their Facebook page.

Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen donated 90 meals to the Woodlands Professional Firefighters Association Tuesday [above]. Its sister restaurant, Black Walnut Cafe, also donated dinner and dessert to the Woodlands Church.

Broken Barrel in The Woodlands cooked food Thursday for a local crisis shelter. Chef Hilda Ysusi is seen above cooking Mexican rice with beef and vegetable stew. They also teamed up with Nick’s Fish Dive and Oyster Bar to feed Compassion United, who was working to tirelessly to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey [below].

Backstreet Cafe is featuring special cocktails with proceeds going to Harvey relief efforts. They are also collecting items for donation to local shelters. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Hugo’s Houston donated food to the NRG Park shelter Thursday. They are also filling their catering vans with donations from customers! They will also have special cocktails with proceeds going to Harvey relief efforts.

Caracol received a donation of 1,000 pounds of beef from Rockin 711 Ranch and began making food for employees at MD Anderson Cancer Center. They delivered beef stew with tomato sauce, beef tamales, beef osso bucco, beef ribs with mole, with some white rice and salad.

Houston-based parent company, LASCO Enterprises, is doing its part in participating in the relief for Hurricane Harvey through its restaurants MAX’s Wine Dive and The Tasting Room. Starting Aug. 31, all MAX’s Wine Dive Houston locations will be serving complimentary plates of its Famous Southern Fried Chicken to first responders and service members. The Tasting Room Uptown Park and City Centre locations will also hold a party for a cause. On select Saturdays and Sundays in September from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., guests can enjoy a special menu and select wines for a set price of $40. Twenty-five percent of every ticket sold will be donated to Houston Texan J.J. Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund. More information can be found on The Tasting Room Facebook page.

Brio Tuscan Grille in The Woodlands delivered 40 meals to people in need Thursday. Check their Facebook page for updates.

National

Beneficiaries of the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund are now returning the favor and activating the relief fund to donate individual grants to area restaurant and hotel workers who are in need. Alex Brennan-Martin of Brennan’s of Houston started the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund, which raised and gave away over a million dollars in small grants to help individuals in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Donations for the Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund can be made either online at www.gnof.org/give-now/ or by mailing a check to the Greater New Orleans Foundation at 919 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130. Donations should specify “Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund.”

America’s Test Kitchen in Boston is standing with the City of Houston and the people of Texas as the water recedes and the work of recovery and rebuilding begins. From Friday, September 1, at noon (EDT) through Sunday, September 3, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT), half of all sales in their online shop will be donated to Feeding Texas. Feeding Texas is a nonprofit organization committed to moving millions of hungry Texans toward food security through a statewide network of food banks. When a disaster is too much for one food bank to handle, Feeding Texas steps in to coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the “second disaster” of an unorganized response is avoided.

Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group will aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey with a goal to exceed $1,000,000 for Houston-area food banks. From Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4, 20% of sales at all 53 Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Del Frisco’s Grille and Sullivan’s Steakhouse restaurants nationwide will be donated to support the Houston community.

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