Following the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma yesterday, restaurants around the country have responded by creating fundraisers and offering donations to benefit victims of the disaster. From Texas to New York, restaurants are rallying to support those in need in Oklahoma. Our thoughts are with all who were affected by yesterday's events.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22), all Sprinkles Cupcakes locations will donate 100% of proceeds from sales of its "Red Cross" red velvet cupcake to the Red Cross. Founder Charles Nelson is originally from Oklahoma City.
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Oklahoma City restaurant Ludivine announced on Facebook that they will be donating 15% of all sales this week to the Oklahoma Red Cross. On Twitter, the restaurant also said it's planning a fundraising dinner with The Coach House's chef Kurt Fleischfresser and with support from Oklahoma Cooks, an arm of the Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts in Oklahoma City. A date has not yet been announced for the dinner.
Tulsa World reports that the boutique/coffee bar Joebot's Coffee Bar will donate all proceeds from sales of its Bigfoot Lattes to the Red Cross' tornado relief efforts. Both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City locations are participating through Sunday.
The Norman Arts Council, based in Norman, OK, reports that they are partnering with a local Chipotle location tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22). 50% of all sales tomorrow will go to the Red Cross. They also note that local chain S&B's Burger Joint will be donating "a portion" of all their proceeds from all locations through Sunday to the Red Cross.
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Eater Dallas reports that pizzeria Cane Rosso will donate 100 percent of sales tonight (Tuesday, May 21) from its Deep Ellum location to the Red Cross.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22) from 4pm - 8pm, Houston-area Luby's and Fuddruckers locations will be donating 15% of all sales to the Red Cross.
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According to OzarksFirst.com, the Springfield, MO franchise of Buffalo Wild Wings will be donating 15% of all sales tomorrow (Wednesday, May 22). The restaurant is also accepting donations of food and clothing.
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NBC 4 reports that Lancaster, OH restaurant Rich and Jamie's Place is collecting donations. Customers are encouraged to bring paper goods and canned foods.
New York/New Jersey
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Eater NY reports baker Allison Robicelli is organizing fundraising efforts to support the disaster relief organization Team Rubicon. Joining Robicelli's efforts to raise $15,000 are restaurants like Mile End Deli, Thirty Acres, and Liddabit Sweets are already on board.
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Rick Bayless' people send in the word that "In response to the horribly devastating tornado which ravaged Rick's home town," $1 from every sale of guacamole at Frontera Grill and Xoco will go to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief.
The Journal Times reports that Yardarm Bar & Grill in Racine, WI will be donating 10% of sales on Thursday, May 23rd to the Red Cross.
If you know any other restaurants participating in fundraising efforts, let us know.
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