As people across region rallied around New Orleans East — the site of a devastating tornado — chefs and restaurants are doing their parts to pitch in and help with the recovery this week, according to The Times-Picayune.
On Wednesday, Shaya chef/owner Alon Shaya and his team cooked alongside staff from Round 2 Restaurant and Bar, bringing red beans, rice, corn bread, and water to Joe Brown Park. Dat Dog’s food truck also rolled into the park on Thursday.
So many people came out today to offer help and support to their neighbors. We cooked with the folks from @round_2_restaurant_and_bar who brought BBQ chicken. We served alongside friends and family @emilyruthos @lostcontinent426 @laj1974 who worked hard and made people smile. So proud of the @shayarestaurant team for getting this pulled together so quickly. @zjengel made tasty beans and corn bread for 500 people faster than I've ever seen. @momall89 And @jeff_stevecoat Scooped and served all afternoon. I'm happy to be part of such a strong community here in New Orleans and surrounded by such great and caring people.
Nearby in the City Church, mobile restaurant Taceaux Loceaux teamed up with Pizza Nola, and Meauxbar to deliver boxes of king cakes and #tornadotacos to the area. Chef Emeril Lagasse also reportedly donated to the non-profit Second Harvest Food Bank.
Despite the initial disaster relief response, there’s still a lot more to be done to help people living in New Orleans East. Susan Spicer’s Mondo and Bayona restaurants have already signed on to help prepare red beans and rice for Sunday’s shift at City Church and Second Harvest is still on the hunt for people that are willing to lend a hand to the efforts or donate supplies. Evacuteer.org is also requesting help from restaurants with the capacity to feed large groups or assist in the cleanup.
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