Date & TimeSTART: 11:00 AM September 25, 2011
END: 11:00 PM September 25, 2011
Hurricane Irene may have swept through the Northeast nearly a month ago, but much of New York State is still reeling from her effects. Mass flooding upstate has devastated many New York farms, completely destroying crops and abruptly shortening or ending the season’s harvest. Federal aid is being directed to help these farmers get back on their feet, but a group of local food-loving city dwellers has created an opportunity for all New Yorkers to help out simply by eating out. On September 25, as part of Dine Out Irene, more than 110 restaurants will donate 10 percent of their proceeds to relief efforts for local farms.
All of the money raised during the event will go to GrowNYC and Just Food, who will then distribute the funds to local farmers. Organized by Gabriella Gershenson, a New York City food writer, along with Rachel Wharton (Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn), Robert Lavalva (New Amsterdam Market), Adam Sachs, Kat Kinsman, and help from some friends, Dine Out Irene has the support of some of the city’s best restaurants. Ninety restaurants in New York City and more than a dozen restaurants outside the borough have joined the cause. Local-food focused The Green Table, Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark, the highly-rated Buttermilk Channel, plus many more, have all signed up to participate.
To see which restaurants are participating, visit the Dine Out Irene website.