While one of the worst disasters in Northern California history may be over, the weeks and months following such an event are some of the hardest. Wildfires in the area killed 43 people and burned more than 100,000 acres, destroying more than 8,900 homes. We’ve rounded up the events you can attend this month to support victims of the fires, as well as some additional ways to help.
If events aren’t your thing, one of the best ways you can help, whether you’re local or across the nation, is by buying Northern California wine. This puts money in the local economy and helps put people back to work.
Restaurants across the country are banding together for ChefsGiving, a week-long fundraising effort supporting Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund and Restaurants Care. During the week of Nov. 13-19, over 100 chefs and restaurants are each committing to raising $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 through ChefsGiving menus, dedicated menu items or a special fundraising event. Recognizable names include Atelier Crenn, The Slanted Door, Outerlands and fast-casual spots like 4505 Burgers & BBQ, and Souvla.
“Through ChefsGiving, our big-hearted chefs and wineries in the Bay Area and nationwide are galvanizing and want to give back to the growers, wine makers and people of wine country who have lost so much,” said ChefsGiving founder, Liam Mayclem, in a statement. “The ChefsGiving week of special menus, pop-ups, and food events will have a culinary crescendo at the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building, and there we hope to hand over more than a million dollars to assist wine country in its rebuild. Help and a lot of love are on the way.”
The Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund supports low-income communities affected by the fires in the North Bay. Restaurants Care, an emergency assistance fund for restaurant workers formed by the California Restaurant Association Foundation, has dedicated specific funds to support restaurant workers who are affected by the fires.
Other events happening around the Bay Area:
For mezcal week (Nov 5-12), Padrecito will be featuring a cocktail and special mezcal flight with Bruxo mezcal. 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to disaster relief funds.
On Nov. 8 the American Canyon Dunkin’ Donuts will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to those in need.
On Nov. 9 head to the Band Together Bay Area benefit concert at AT&T park. Tickets are still available.
On Nov. 10 Lucky Penny Productions hosts the Lucky Penny Local Bands Night Fire Relief Benefit at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.
On Nov. 11 Napa Ballroom Dancers invites guests to its “Spirit of Giving” dance at the Napa Senior Activity Center at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets are $15.
On Nov. 19 United Methodist Church in St. Helena presents musical selections followed by an English High Tea at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the California/Nevada Fire Disaster Fund.
Also Nov. 19 Chef Michael Chiarello’s restaurant, Coqueta is hosting a fundraising dinner from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $150 (tax & gratuity not included). Proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.
On Dec. 1 Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club in American Canyon, will host a #NapaStrong Golf Day. All proceeds, including food and beverages at Eagle Vines, will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation. $79 per player when booked on or before November 14th. $99 per player when booked after Nov. 14.
On Dec. 3 Yountville-based Project KIKS hosts a Napa Valley Fire Relief concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville from 3-8 p.m.
If you can’t make it out to any of these events, show your support in one of the below ways: