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Philly Chefs Pitch in to Support Houston After Hurricane Harvey

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Fork is donating proceeds from this dish to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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*Updated:* More and more restaurants are answering Eli Kulp’s #chefs4houston call or making other plans to raise money for flood relief.

Federal Donuts is donating 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of its new peanut caramel apple doughnut to the Houston Food Bank from Friday, September 1, through Monday, September 4. The doughnut, just added to menus September 1, was designed with Maker’s Mark and the bourbon company will be matching the donation dollar for dollar. The doughnut is being sold at all four Federal Donuts in Philly and the Miami location.

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group announced it will be donating 20 percent of all sales from 53 restaurants across the country — including Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse at 15th and Chestnut —from Thursday, August 31, through Monday, September 4. The goal is $1 million. Del Frisco’s is based in Texas.

Morgan’s Pier, Dolphin Tavern, William Street Common, and the traveling beer garden Parks on Tap, all run by FCM Hospitality, are donating all proceeds on Thursday, August 31, to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, which has locations in Philly (in Old City) and in Atlantic City, is donating $1 from every Tito’s Vodka cocktail sold from Friday, September 1, through the end of the month. Tito’s will match with another $1, with a goal of $20,000 total.

Original Story: Local chefs are raising money for disaster relief in flood-ravaged Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group started #chefs4houston, with a call for Philly restaurants to create a dish, serve it nightly, and donate the proceeds. Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, who own several restaurants and shops on 13th Street, had a similar idea: On Tuesday, September 5, they’ll be donating 10 percent of total sales from all of their restaurants, shops, and online stores.

High Street Hospitality’s #chefs4houston pledge includes all of the group’s Philly and New York restaurants. Locally, that’s Fork, High Street on Market, A.Kitchen, and A.Bar. Joining them so far are Vernick, Will BYOB, and some of Jose Garces’ restaurants. Chef Nicholas Elmi’s Laurel posted on Instagram that it will be giving $10 from each gnocchi dish. Elmi’s ITV is donating proceeds from a sea bream a la plancha dish Tuesday.

They haven’t decided on a charity yet, with Kulp saying in a statement, “Because this is an ongoing event, we have not chosen a specific charity partner at this time, but we wanted to begin raising funds immediately in order to have the greatest impact possible.” He’s looking for the best way to get resources to Houston restaurants and their staffs, with help from Houston chefs Chris Shepherd at Underbelly and Justin Yu at Oxheart.

Turney and Safran have two charities in mind. Eat at their Barbuzzo, Bud & Marilyn’s, Little Nonna’s, Lolita, or Jamonera on September 5 and 10 percent will go to DirectRelief.org and the Texas Diaper Bank. They’re doing the same at their market, Grocery; shops Open House and Verde; and online stores.

Check #chefs4houston on Instagram or Twitter to see who else joins in.

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