Restaurants, chefs continue to line up fundraisers for flood victims

    A growing list of more than a dozen restaurants are pledging to donate at least 15% of proceeds from brunch this Sunday to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Flood Relief Fund.

    The “Brunching for Greater Baton Rouge” fundraiser seeks to help those impacted by the recent flooding, and it’s just one of a number of fundraisers by area restaurants and chefs.

    On this past Saturday, Perkins Road overpass area restaurants pitched in to host “The Fundraiser Under The Overpass,” which raised $45,000 for flood victims and collected material donations.

    Meanwhile, chef Jay Ducote and creative studio S/ash this morning announced they’re hosting “The Taste of Gov’t Taco” on Tuesday of next week, with a portion of proceeds going to flood relief efforts.

    Sunday’s event is being hosted by Baton Rouge Brunches, a community organization which reviews and showcases brunches at Baton Rouge area restaurants and discusses brunch related topics. It has formerly organized a “Brunching 4 Breast Cancer” event that raised $1,300, according to its website. Last month, the #25onthe25th fundraiser, during which more than 130 restaurants and bars raised money for the families of Baton Rouge law enforcement officers killed or injured in the July 17 ambush attack, exceeded expectations, raising tens of thousands of dollars.

    Alex Liggett, an administrative assistant with the law firm Tyler & Possa—which is helping to spread the word about Sunday’s fundraiser—says he expects the list of participating restaurants to grow between now and the day of the event.

    “We’re hoping that in the wake of this tragedy that a positive comes out for Baton Rouge,” Liggett says. “We’re hoping to make as big of an impact as possible, for sure, working with the resources that we do have.”

    Attendees also are being asked to bring in shelter items or backpacks filled with school supplies, he says. Participating restaurants can even donate more of their proceeds than the suggested 15%.

    So far the participating restaurants include: Mason’s Grill, Tio Javi’s, Table Kitchen and Bar, Canefield Tavern, City Cafe, Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Restaurant, Lasseigne’s American Grill, City Pork Brasserie & Bar, Simple Joe, The Londoner, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Galatoire’s Bistro, Capital City Grill and Stroubes, among others. Get more information.

    The event hosted by Ducote and S/ash will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 30 at 4556 Government St., suite 2. Of the $45 ticket cost, $10 will go to help the Woodlawn Elementary School Flood Relief, where Ducote’s sister is a second grade teacher. The money raised will help buy student uniforms, backpacks and school supplies. Get complete details and tickets.

    —Alexandria Burris

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