Harvey Relief

Austin's best restaurants come together for epic Hurricane Harvey relief benefit

Austin's best restaurants come together for epic Harvey relief benefit

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Austin Chefs Night Out: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief will feature food from more than 20 Austin chefs and restaurants. Photo by Kate LeSueur

Some of Austin's top chefs have just announced a collaborative sip and stroll fundraising event for Hurricane Harvey relief.

This Sunday, September 10, Austin Chefs Night Out: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief will feature tasting portions from over 20 chefs and restaurants, paired with wine, beer, and cocktails. Thanks to the generous donations from all purveyors, every dollar raised — including 100 percent of ticket sales — will go directly to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

“Seeing the devastation that our friends, families, and neighbors have experienced, we all wanted to find a way to make a meaningful contribution,” says Launderette partner and pastry chef extraordinaire Laura Sawicki in a press release. “It’s inspiring to see the Austin restaurant community come together so quickly and passionately to support the relief effort.”

Among participating chefs are some of Austin’s brightest culinary stars, including Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside Projects); Tyson Cole (Uchi/Uchiko); Todd Duplechan (Lenoir); Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye); Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie); Bryce Gilmore (Odd Duck/Barley Swine); Jack Gilmore (Jack Allen’s Kitchen/Salt Traders Coastal Kitchen); Zach Hunter (The Brewer’s Table); Rick Lopez (La Condesa); the McGuire Moorman Hospitality team; Yoshi Okai (Otoko); Rene Ortiz, Laura Sawicki and Nayan Desai (Launderette); Zack Perez (Paperboy); Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel); Max Snyder (Pitchfork Pretty); Callie Speer (Holy Roller); Philip Speer (Bonhomie); Jim Tripi (Eberly); Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo/Chicon); and Nicholas Yanes (Juniper). 

"Hurricane Harvey has struck so many people across the state and there is an incredible amount of work to come for recovery," says Yanes. "I feel a great sense of pride not only for Houston, which is a truly great city, but for the entire state of Texas. It is remarkable how everyone, in their own ways, has banded together to help with hurricane relief efforts and I am happy to be one of the several Austin chefs helping to give back."

This event will take place at the 800 Congress event venue in downtown Austin from 5 to 9 pm. Tickets are offered at donation levels of $75, $250, and $500, so donors can give at their individual comfort level. All tickets are general admission and all-inclusive. Tickets can be purchased online.