#LAFoodCulture Rises Together in Wake of Houston & Puerto Rico Tragedies
Some of the greatest aspects of food are its ability to bring people together, make tough times just a little bit easier, and generally just make us happy. The world needs love and generosity now more than ever given all the negative things going on recently. The fact that so many LA restaurants are helping give back lately warms our hearts over at Food Tribe, because this is what we’re all about.
We donate one meal to the LA Food Bank for each gift card sold, and are excited about expanding our efforts in the future. In the meantime, there are so many wonderful restaurants in Los Angeles putting the people first.
The wonderful restaurateurs and foodies that make #LAFoodCulture so great are playing their part in putting these recent tragedies behind us, and we want to give them a shoutout for fighting the good fight.
If you are looking to give back while also enjoying some exceptional food and drinks, look no further.
LA Loves Puerto Rico
All week from October 7-14, hundreds of world-class chefs and mixologists teamed up to provide a dizzying array of dishes and cocktails for the hungry people. LA Loves Puerto Rico will then be sending every dime of the proceeds to Unidos Por Puerto Rico.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria left beautiful Puerto Rico in shambles with no electricity and under an unfathomable amount of water. Everything is destroyed and everyone on the island is a victim.
With this recent rise in national tragedies, fraudulent charities who don’t donate every dollar raised to the cause they support have become hot-button topics. With the wonderful people of United For Puerto Rico, there is nothing to worry about as all the money goes to the victims for disaster relief. All donations will be turned into action in order to rebuild the great island.
Restaurants For Houston
Not to be forgotten amidst the Puerto Rico tragedy, Houston is struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey as well. People are still in need of food and water, and LA has been ready to help.
The delicious HomeState, located on Hollywood Blvd., is now racking up proceeds with its new taco, dubbed the “Don’t Mess With Texas.” It costs $5 and is packed with all the charro beans, cheddar cheese, bacon and potatoes you can cram down your gullet.
The best part is that the money generated from each taco goes straight to the Central Texas Food Bank.
Beer Belly, one of Koreatown’s can’t-miss dives featuring legendary duck-fat fries and the best-grilled cheese of your life, ran a promotion rewarding everyone with $1 beers for bringing by items to donate.
Many others got in on the party as well, including Pailhouse, Sotto and Cake Monkey. From starting fundraisers to donating portions of all food and drink sales to organizing food drives, LA should be proud of its food industry. So many stepped up to play their parts in getting Houston back on its feet.
Wolfgang to the Rescue
The icing on the cake was the extraordinary event legendary chef Wolfgang Puck hosted alongside many other renown LA chefs to raise funds for not only the hurricanes, but the devastating earthquake in Mexico.
"With the recent tragedies happening across the globe, it was important to my team and I that we give back in a meaningful and impactful way," said Puck in a release. "My chef at Hotel Bel-Air, Hugo Bolanos, had the great idea of bringing the L.A. chef community together to cook a benefit dinner, so we are doing exactly that."
Puck’s event cost $500 a person, with all proceeds going to the Global Giving Fund.
Giving back is at the core of everything Food Tribe does. Seeing so much generosity and love from all these chefs and restaurant owners makes us proud to represent #LAFoodCulture every day.
No one should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from, and hopefully, Los Angeles is making at least a dent in the damage these unspeakable tragedies caused.