Boston Restaurants Bounce Back After Marathon Week With Fundraisers, Free Food for Responders [Updated]
In the wake of last week's bombings, restaurants are banding together to do what they do best: cook for a cause. Here's an overview of what's going on and how you can help, whether it's by eating pretzels or ordering pizza.
Friends with Benefits Gala: This annual collaboration on April 25 benefits the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, the Ellie Fund, Boston Bruins Foundation, International Rett Syndrome Foundation, and College Bound Dorchester. This year, half of all proceeds go to the One Fund, which was established to help victims of the marathon attack. Tresca, Darryls Corner Bar and Grill, State Room, Restaurant Dante, Deuxave, Abby Park, Turner Fisheries, Local 149, Farmstead Table, Posto and I Dream of Jeanne Cakes will have chef stations. Tickets are $100.
Free Meals at Harvest, Grill 23, and Post 390: The Himmel Hospitality Group offers free meals to hospital personnel in the coming two weeks.
Brewed for Boston Nights: Harpoon will donate 100 percent of pint and pretzel sales to raise funds for victims for the next three Tuesday nights, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts Donations: DD's throughout the region will collect $1 donations from patrons throughout the week. They also donated $100,000 to the One Fund.
Free Fish Class at Lucia Winchester: Their popular monthly cooking class is free this Wednesday to law enforcement, EMT and firefighters. The theme: How to cook fish!
Urban Art Bar Fundraiser: Southie's Urban Art Bar hosts a cocktail party and portrait sessions on April 27 and April 28, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the One Fund.
Dockside Restaurant Fundraiser: Dockside regulars J.P. and Paul Norden each lost a leg in the attack. The restaurant held a fundraiser for them yesterday and will still collect donations toward the Stoneham Marathon Victims Fund.
Patriot Pizza at Cask 'n Flagon: 100 percent of proceeds from sales of their "Patriot" specialty pizza go to the One Fund until April 28.
Craft Beer Cellar: They have a donation page on their site; money goes directly to the victims' families.
Back Bay Restaurants Affected By the Lockdown: Boston Restaurant Talk has the latest list of places that were closed (and lost business) during the bombings. Eat at them!
Through May 15, Haru will donate 100 percent of the sales of their Boston unCommon and Back Bay specialty sushi rolls to the One Fund. Plus Haru will add a 100 percent match to the total, doubling the amount of the original donation.
Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge will host a barbecue on Saturday, April 27. All proceeds go to the One Fund, starting at 11 a.m.
Proceeds from Craigie on Main's Chef's Whim meals on April 23 and April 30 will go to marathon victims, similar to last week.
All sales of Samuel Adams Boston 26.2 Brew will be donated to the Greg Hill Foundation. Find your pint right here.
Donate to the One Fund through register coupons at Whole Foods throughout the area; coupons are $5, $10, or any denomination you choose.
Lupec's DrinkOne program encourages you to drink for a cause through the end of May. Bartenders at participating restaurants will designate a cocktail as a DrinkOne special, and proceeds will go toward helping people affected by the bombings.
And, last but definitely not least, kids throughout the area are doing their part by hosting lemonade stands.
Earl of Sandwich hosts a "Free Sandwich Friday for First Responders" on April 26. First responders from all city and state agencies and area hospitals should present their official ID when ordering.
Strega host a celebrity bartender event on May 13 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the bar area. At the event, there will be a surprise celebrity bartender who will mix cocktails for guests over the course of the two hours, and there will also be an assortment of complimentary passed appetizers for guests. Strega will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from this event (all drinks purchased from the celebrity bartender) to the One Fund.
On May 1, the Columbus Group will donate a portion of proceeds from that night’s dinner service at Sorellina, Mistral, Teatro, Moo, and L'Andana Grill to the One Fund. They will also let people make donations to One Fund through their social media pages that night.
BOKX 109 American Prime, at the Hotel Indigo in Newton, will donate all sales of their 123 Short Rib ($32) throughout the month of May to the One Fund.
Cheers will donate $10,000.00 from their foundation, Cheers for Children, to the One Fund. They also created a special best-selling T-shirt, which will be sold in their retail stores for $15.00. One hundred percent of the sales of this "Boston Strong" shirt will be donated the One Fund, too.
Every glass or bottle of rosé sold on April 25 at Belly, The Blue Room, and Central Bottle from 5:00 p.m. on will go toward One Fund’s mission to benefit the families most affected by the marathon tragedy.