Northern California’s wine country was ravaged with wildfires on Monday. Chefs like Dominique Crenn reached out through social media to gather volunteers to help those affected by the fires. In other news, this weekend brings festivals to New York City including the NYC Wine and Food Festival and the New York Coffee Festival. Benefit dinners and events for Mexico and Houston are also upcoming.
- San Francisco chef Dominique Crenn called for volunteers on Tuesday to help make sandwiches for the victims of the wildfires. Volunteers made as many as 1000 sandwiches. Meanwhile, Bon Appétit‘s wine editor, Marissa A. Ross announced she’s taking donations for Northern California by way of Amazon wishlist.
- New York fast casual chain Mulberry & Vine are extending their donation drive for Puerto Rico until Saturday, October 21.
- For the rest of the month, Boulton & Watt in New York are serving a Puerto Rican menu and donating 100% of proceeds from those dishes to the World Central Kitchen in honor of #ChefsForPuertoRico.
- Tonight, Mexican bartenders and chefs in New York are hosting a “NY Loves MX” dinner to raise funds to restore schools that were damaged in September’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Tickets are still available.
- The New York City Wine And Food Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this Thursday. Festivities will continue until Sunday.
- The New York Coffee Festival brings over 100 exhibitors to the Metropolitan Pavilion this weekend. The festival features a barista competition, tastings, workshops, interactive demonstrations and more. All the proceeds of the event will be donated to Project Waterfall which supplies clean drinking water to countries like Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda.
- The first annual New York Rye Week starts on Monday, October 16. Tasting tours and dinners are planned for the week. Check out the website for more details.
- Tickets for the Southern Smoke, a charity-based event raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief, are now available. Helmed by chef Chris Shepherd, the event dedicated efforts for people living with multiple sclerosis. This year’s events will feature Ashley Christensen, David Chang, Aaron Franklin, John Besh, Matthew Rudofker and more.