Hurricane Katrina has devastated one of the nation’s most distinctive culinary cultures.
As restaurateurs and diners around the country worked to organize fund-raisers and find jobs for industry refugees, the people who ran many of the best-known restaurants in the United States struggled to find out what, if anything, was left of the vibrant New Orleans restaurant scene.
Nearly 10 percent of the New Orleans’ labor force, about 55,000 people, worked in the city’s estimated 3,400 restaurants.
Dine for America is one effort by restaurants across the country to assist the relief effort. On October 5, 2005, proceeds from a country-wide “dine for America” day will contribute to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Dine for America web site will be up and running on September 8. Check it out.