Local Chefs Help Fire Victims


Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

East Bay chefs and restaurateurs are part of a nationwide effort through the ChefsGiving enterprise to help those devastated by the recent fires by offering special events and benefits during the week of Nov. 13 through Nov. 19.

Participants all over the USA are being asked to commit to raising $2,000, $5,000, or $10,000 through ChefsGiving menus, dedicated menu items, or other efforts during that week.

“The​ ​fires​ ​in​ ​Northern​ ​California​ ​have​ ​deeply​ ​impacted​ ​so​ ​many​ ​in​ ​the​ ​restaurant​ ​and​ ​hospitality​ ​community.​ ​Northern California​ ​is​ ​near​ ​and​ ​dear​ ​to​ ​so​ ​many​ ​of​ ​us.​ ​It’s​ ​where​ ​we’ve​ ​built​ ​homes​ ​and​ ​business​ ​and​ ​raised​ ​glasses​ ​together,” said​ ​Gwyneth​ ​Borden,​ ​executive​ ​director​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Golden​ ​Gate​ ​Restaurant​ ​Association,​ ​a​ ​partner​ ​in​ ​ChefsGiving. “Assistance​​ will​​ be​ c​rucial ​​long​​ after ​​the ​​flames ​​are​​ extinguished,​​ and ​​ChefsGiving ​​was ​​born ​​of​​ a​​ community searching​ ​for​ ​meaningful​ ​and​ ​long-lasting​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​contribute.”

“Through​ ​ChefsGiving,​ ​our​ ​big-hearted​ ​chefs​ ​and​ ​wineries​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Bay​ ​Area​ ​and​ ​nationwide​ ​are​ ​galvanizing​ ​and​ ​want to​ ​give​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​growers,​ ​wine​​makers," and other Wine Country figures "who​ ​have​ ​lost​ ​so​ ​much,”​ ​said​ ​ChefsGiving founder,​ ​Liam​ ​Mayclem.​ ​“The​ ​ChefsGiving​ ​week​ ​of​ ​special​ ​menus,​ ​pop-ups,​ ​and​ ​food​ ​events​ ​will​ ​have​ ​a​ ​culinary crescendo​ ​at​ ​the​ ​iconic​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Ferry​ ​Building,​ ​and​ ​there​ ​we​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​hand​ ​over​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a​ ​million​ ​dollars​ ​to assist​ ​Wine​ ​Country​ ​in​ ​its​ ​rebuild.​ ​Help​ ​and​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​love​ ​are​ ​on​ ​the​ ​way.”

Oakland's Shakewell, Berkeley's La Marcha, and Sweetgreen -- which has a Berkeley location -- are among the 100 ChefsGiving participants. 

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