2005_04_food_cookedcraw.jpgSome of our best memories of New Orleans involve the rich Cajun and Creole culinary traditions of its people and its restaurants. The New York Times lists several upcoming restaurant-related fundraisers, several of which are designed specifically to assist those in the New Orleans restaurant industry:

A fund has been established to benefit restaurant and hotel workers. Contributions may be sent to: New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund, Greater Houston Community Foundation, 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 100, Houston, 77027; or call (713) 333-2200.

On Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Acadiana restaurant in Washington will sell New Orleans-style po-boy sandwiches, made by some of the city's top chefs, to raise money for victims. Restaurants throughout the country are being encouraged to have similar fund-raisers. Contact Simone Rathlé at (703) 534-8100, (800) 496-1733 or simonepr@aol.com.

On Oct. 5, restaurants across the country will have a "Dine for America" day to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. A Web site, www.dineforamerica.org, will be ready later this week.

On Oct. 11, chefs will serve dishes inspired by New Orleans at the Cornell Club in Manhattan. Tickets will be $175 a person. Proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Contact Katie Callahan at (212) 758-5322 or katie@venuepr.com.

More information on the restaurant industry's response can be found at www.restaurant.org/katrina/ and on Starchefs.com.