There is no doubt that the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan is truly devastating. While rescue efforts are underway, the situation continues to be incredibly difficult for survivors with temperatures dropping, the threat of a nuclear meltdown, and the plummeting of the economy. It is clear that help is needed, and a few Chicago restaurants and bars are stepping up to raise money.
SushiSamba Rio (and SushiSamba nationwide) has created a "Japan Relief" sushi roll. The roll costs $12 and 100% of the proceeds go to help those impacted by this unfathomable disaster. The Chicago version of the roll contains king crab, unagi, tamago, cucumber, shiso, inari skin and was created by chef Shigeru Kitano , a native of Japan. This roll is available through the end of March.
Hunt Club is hosting a fundraiser, "Chicago Helps Japan," on March 22 in partnership with EventBrite Chicago and Social Sami. The event costs $15 and includes your first drink and passed appetizers. There will also be a silent auction and 100% of the proceeds from the night will be funneled through the Red Cross to support the effort in Japan.
Lockwood, Bar at Lockwood and Potter's are offering a special "Sunrise Saketini" made with sake, orange juice and a splash of grenadine. The drink is $12 and 50% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
Based on the overwhelming response to the 2004 tsunami, we are certain other restaurants and bars will join the effort over the next few weeks. If you hear of any, drop us a note or leave a comment.