DC Restaurants Rally for Japan

In the aftermath of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, DC area restaurants are rallying to raise funds to help the survivors.

Chef Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro, who was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, reached out to the local DC Chef’s Club and has put together a series of eBay auctions to raise funds for disaster relief.

Answering Okochi's call, more than 20 local chefs will auction off brunch, dinners, tastings, classes, and even hotel stays on eBay. In an auction starting Tuesday, José Andrés is kicking in covetable seats at minibar.

The auctions will last for one to two weeks and will continue to accept additional donations. Winning bids will be donated to The American Red Cross.

Check out the auctions available now here, including:

•  A tasting menu for two at Kaz Sushi Bistro

Dinner for two at Perry's

Dinner for two with wine pairing at Oyamel

Check back as more auctions are added.

Also contributing to the disaster relief cause...

Kushi is donating 100 percent of sales from its $6 pork belly kushiyaki to the Japanese Red Cross, an amount that averages about $7,500 a month. Kushi co-owner Ari Kushimoto Norris had just returned from a month-long visit to her family in Japan the day before the earthquake hit.

• On Tuesday, March 22, the new Sprinkles at 3015 M St. NW will sell Red Cross Red Velvet to benefit the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts. All proceeds from the charity cupcake will be donated. Their last similar promotion raised $20,000 in one day for Haiti relief.

• Through Sunday, Buddha-Bar DC is collecting items like bedding and clothing, or other non-food, non-perishable items to send to Japan. Monetary donations are acceptable, but will be used to purchase additional goods in the U.S. that will then be shipped to Japan. Donations can be dropped off during the restaurant's regular hours.

• Potomac's Normandie Farm will donate 15 percent of lunch and dinner sales Tuesday, March 29 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief in Japan.