Remembering the Storm

Next Tuesday, Aug. 29, marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastating hit on the Gulf region, and Share Our Strength has organized a nationwide event, Restaurants for Relief, to raise money for rebuilding efforts.

Dine out at one of the participating restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit hurricane recovery. Of note, The Capital Grille restaurant group is donating $25,000, and the family of restaurants that includes Evening Star Cafe, Vermilion, Tallula and Rustico will donate 100 percent of proceeds from special dishes (like Evening Star's jambalaya) that night.

Also check out Kim Severson's article in today's New York Times that documents some of the struggles restaurant owners and chefs in the region are facing.

(Photo from New Orleans by Metrocurean, pre Katrina.)