Although Hurricane Sandy came and went for a lot of us on the East coast, there are still many residents & businesses still in need of help. I was contacted a couple weeks back about a fundraiser being put on by Work It Brooklyn and Brooklyn Based called The Kitchen is Flooded & Other Disasters that is bringing together the local Brooklyn food community to help support many of the Red Hook businesses still suffering from the storm.For the event that’s happening on Nov. 27th @ Brooklyn Brewery, I’ll be serving up some special ABCD eats and donating an Indian vegetarian cooking class for 4 that will be raffled off to benefit ReStore Red Hook, which is helping businesses in the area devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Other food vendors at the event, besides The ABCD’s of Cooking, will be DreamScoops, Porchetta, Anarchy in a Jar and more selling goods with 10% of sales going to ReStore Red Hook, and Brooklyn Brewery will be donating a beer token to each guest attending. The raffle will also featuring giveaways from Farm on Adderley, Frankies, TALDE, Seersucker and more.
|photo collage by Alana Lowe|
At the fundraiser, there will speakers talking about kitchen mishaps and surviving Hurricane Sandy like Allison Robicelli of Robicelli’s Cupcakes, who helped spearhead relief efforts in Sheepshead Bay and other South Brooklyn neighborhoods and started the Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen to feed Sandy victims, Leisah Swenson and Monica Byrne of home/made in Red Hook, Paulie Gee of the Greenpoint pizzeria Paulie Gee’s and the co-founders of ReStore Red Hook.
Afterward, Work It Brooklyn will lead a speed networking session for food professionals, as many in the industry lost their jobs after restaurants were destroyed due to the storm.
Tickets are $15 and include a free beer and one raffle ticket. You can also select “Donate More!” to support ReStore Red Hook even further.
There are also a number of other ways to volunteer or support those in need from Hurricane Sandy:
Hurricane Sandy Volunteer & Support Opportunities
For more info, you can also visit Sandy Sucks, a Tumblr by Katie Benner that lists the latest needs and volunteering opportunities on a daily basis or follow the hashtag #sandyvolunteer on Twitter.
Since I work at a radio station, I was particularly interested in efforts to record stories from those that were greatly impacted by the hurricane. Here are a few places to hear some of those:
Heritage Radio: HRN on Sandy
WNYC: Life After Sandy
Humans of New York (HONY) & Tumblr Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser (in progress)