Allen Susser is rallying other chefs to come together for a series of fundraising dinners to help Japan.
"Calling ourselves 'culinary messengers,' we've banded together to raise money for Japan and hope that you'll join us," Susser writes in an email to fellow culinarians. "The goal is to generate substantial funds quickly and channel them to the organization(s) where they will do the most good."
Susser specifically asks local chefs to help stage one event -- meal, auction, cooking class, brunch, reception, book signing, whatever. Or in lieu of that, donate a portion of restaurant revenues from any day, week, etc. The hope is to hold all events before April 10. The website, which will be live on or before April 1, is ChefsHelpJapan.com.
The first event takes place at Jade Mountain, St. Lucia, Sunday, March 20. Chefs Jonathan Dearden (Jade Mountain) and Thomas Buckley (Nobu Miami) will head that one. A dinner in Paris will occur April 13. Chef Allen's restaurant will host an event April 5. "We'll start with a saki and sushi reception and follow with a seated dinner for 50 guests at $150 per person.
"We're asking fewer than ten high-profile and highly influential American chefs and restaurants to join us," Susser writes. "We'll be joining an equal-sized group representing Europe, Africa, and Asia. We currently have commitments from Japan, China, Morocco, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece, and the UK."