Occasionally we diverge from our "FOOD: Not Restaurants" policy and profile something worthwhile happening in the restaurant world.
The Museum of the American Cocktail, a non-profit organization, and Southern Comfort's Tales of the Cocktail have organized a "Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour" today, September 12, 2005, to directly benefit a relief fund for New Orleans food & beverage industry workers who are out of work and out of money.
New Orleans is a restaurant and bar town. With the devastation to home and livelihood in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of the city's hospitality workers face a pressing need in the coming months. It will take months for these businesses to become operational again and even longer before visitors, who are the source of that much-needed income, return to New Orleans.
Tonight, between 5:00pm and 7:00pm, participating establishments across the country will serve New Orleans classics like the Sazerac and French 75 for $10 per drink. Proceeds will directly benefit the workers and their families who apply to the fund for aid.
Among the 52 participating venues in New York City are some of our favorite spots for an after-work drink:
- Bubble Lounge in Tribeca (228 West Broadway)
- Counter in the East Village (105 First Avenue)
- Mas in the West Village (39 Downing Street)
So tonight, instead of whipping up your sugary sweet cocktail at home, head out on the town, and do something good for someone else.