The city’s Haitian restaurants, such as Brooklyn’s Chez Clotilde and L’Auberge Creole have been swarmed by expats looking for comfort food and news from back home. The situation is even more tense at Kombit Creole in Brooklyn, whose co-owner is missing in Haiti. Denise Felix, one of the three sisters who owns the restaurant, had returned to Haiti to visit her mother. Kombit Creole is still open and invites diners to eat, offer support, and donate to a relief fund. Expect a live Haitian band tonight. Below, look for other ways restaurants are contributing to disaster relief. If you hear of any other food-related benefits, let us know in the comments.
Ilili: Owner Philippe Massoud declared January 24 Haiti Dine Out Night in NYC. Ten percent of sales will go to as-yet-undecided Haiti relief charities. Plus, they’re asking servers to give 5 percent of their tips from that night. Onboard so far: Hill Country, Bar Breton, and Aldea. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
Bespoke Chocolates: "We will be donating 100% of our profits from sales on Sunday, January 17th to Americares in support of their disaster relief efforts for the survivors of the terrible tragedy in Haiti." [Grub Street]
Hearth: " ... The events have particularly hit home for us as one of our own staff members was born in Haiti and has many friends and family there at the moment. In support of him and all those immediately affected by the tragedy, on Tuesday, January 19th, Hearth will be donating 50% of our gross revenues received that evening to help fund the relief effort. We ask that you come dine with us that night ... " [Eater NY]
Update: On January 21, Ardesia will donate 20 percent of gross revenues received that evening and 5 percent of tips to help fund the relief effort.