Six Burner owner Ry Marchant, with the help of Jason Alley from Comfort restaurant and Tanya Cauthen of Belmont Butchery, started organizing the event about a month ago after an e-mail from his daughter tipped him off about a similar event that took place in New York City on Jan. 24.
“We’ve got a good restaurant community,” says Marchant. “Most everybody I talked with was really enthusiastic.”
Restaurants will choose which relief organization their donation will support –the Red Cross or Heifer International. The Red Cross is providing food, water, shelter and medical care to earthquake victims in Haiti. Heifer International is a nonprofit working in Haiti that provides livestock (not for slaughter) to poverty stricken families. The livestock provide families with up to 4 gallons of milk a day and can produce up to one calf a year.
If he’d had more time, Marchant says he would have tried to recruit even more participants. With 30 restaurants, Marchant says he hopes the event will raise as much as $10,000.
Yellow Umbrella Fresh Seafood (5600 Patterson Ave.)
The Hill Café (2800 E. Broad St.)
Olio (formerly European Market)