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Dining Out for a Cause: Upcoming Fundraisers for Haiti

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It was just days after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti that local restaurateur and Haitian TiGeorges LaGuerre held a fundraiser at his Echo Park chicken eatery, and in the days and weeks after many other Los Angeles restaurants have followed suit. While last weekend food truck enthusiasts had their pick of ways to eat and donate thanks to a 25-truck gathering at the TLofts in West L.A., this weekend and next there are plenty more opportunities to dine out for a cause.

Saturday January 30
This Saturday (and next) Nola Ice [website] will be donating 50% of their proceeds to Project Medishare. Co-owner Jillian DeFrehn was born and raised in Miami, a city with a profound connection to Haiti, and DeFrehn tells us that the crisis there has "hit a soft spot," which is why she's "trying to do what [she] can from over 3000 miles away!" You can chill out with their New Orleans style sno-ball treat, or warm up with their hot chocolate.

Sunday January 31
Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica is dedicating Sunday night to an evening of dining to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and their work to assist victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti. 100% of the evening's revenue will go to MSF, and all staff and vendors are donating their respective time and products to the cause. A silent auction will also help raise funds. The dinner is priced at $75 per guest; $110 with wine pairings. Event schedule: Champagne Reception: 6 - 7 p.m.; Silent Auction to conclude at 8:45 p.m; Seated Dinner: 7 p.m.

BREADBAR in Century City is holding a fundraiser evening for Haiti with a benefit dinner to aid the American Red Cross and their ongoing relief efforts. 50% of all sales from the evening (7-9p) will be donated directly to the American Red Cross charity. The restaurant’s regular dinner menu and new drinks/cocktails menu will both be available. The restaurant’s servers have also decided to work for free on this evening to accomplish what they can to aid Haiti’s recovery.

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Also on Sunday: Cookies Without Borders Bake Sale Fundraiser for Haiti. Proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Saturday February 6
From 10 p.m. to close, in Vertical Wine Bistro’s bar and lounge, 50% of all profits will go to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice—a non-profit organization delivering emergency food, medicine, water, and funds on the ground in Haiti. The event was set up in partnership with some local food bloggers (Matthew Kang of, Matt Robold of, and Fiona Chandra of all of whom have prepared an exclusive cocktail menu for the occasion and will be personally preparing these drinks behind the bar. No reservations are required. [Info]

Know of a restaurant or other food-related fundraiser for Haiti coming up? Let us know.

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