A month after Hurricane Ida battered the Louisiana coast, New Orleans native and Hurricane Katrina survivor Caroline King of Bitch Beer Podcast is helping host a fundraiser Thursday, September 30, at Red’s Beer Garden for restaurant industry workers affected by the storm.
Hurricane Ida blew through the Louisiana coast at the end of August as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving tens of thousand of people without power and water for weeks and closing hundreds of area businesses and restaurants. Recovery efforts in the region are ongoing and expected to last for months.
While cities like New Orleans are slowing coming back online, restaurants and southern Louisiana’s tourism industry were hit particularly hard by weeks-long closures or structural and water damage caused by Ida.
King teams up with the Benteen Park beer garden Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m., for a night benefiting coastal Louisiana’s hospitality and restaurant industry workforce with live music and New Orleans-style food specials, like red beans, and rice. Ten percent of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to Lagniappe Krewe Emergency Relief Fund, a nonprofit organization founded by the owners of Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group to provide relief to hospitality workers and their families in financial crisis during emergency situations. Lagniappe Krewe issues recipients direct cash payments through PayPal.
People who donate directly to Lagniappe Krewe via PayPal, with proof of receipt, or with cash on Thursday night are automatically entered into a raffle for a $100 gift certificate to Red’s.
Efforts to raise money for Hurricane Ida survivors have reached as far as London, England. Chef Tom Zahir Browne of seafood boil pop-up Decatur plans to donate £1, or more, per ticket to local charities and mutual aid groups in southern Louisiana during his kitchen takeover at Quality Wines in Farringdon. The pop-up runs through October 16.
Red’s Beer Garden, owned by Kristen Sumpter and Ed Sumpter, opened just two months prior to the pandemic in 2020. The beer garden and market offers a small selection of beers on tap as well as over 300 bottles and cans of beer, wine, cider, mead, hard seltzer, and nonalcoholic beverages in its refrigerators to pair with hot dogs, sandwiches, and snacks. Seating can be found inside or in back on the deck and dog-friendly backyard patio.