Updated at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7
Denver chef Nick Shankland, whom we first met when he was helming the kitchen at Hideaway Kitchen + Bar in Genesee, now has his own mobile smokehouse, called Gypsy Bar-B-Que. Rather than raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by selling food, he's raising money so he can take his rig to Houston and serve free food to those in need. Shankland started a GoFundMe campaign over the weekend to drum up $5,000 to serve 1,000 pounds of barbecue at the end of the month in Houston and the surrounding areas affected by flooding. Chip in and then follow @GypsyBBQ to see how the chef's plan unfolds in Texas.
Here in town, there are plenty of other eateries doing their part to raise money for various hurricane relief organizations now through the end of September. Keep reading to see where you can get good food and drink for a good cause.
September Month-long Fundraisers
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1747 Wynkoop Street
Texas burger bar Hopdoddy is pooling resources from all of its restaurants for Goodnight for a Good Cause, the company's existing charity fundraiser that changes each month. For September, the beneficiary will be the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. One dollar of every Goodnight/Good Cause burger ($8.25 to $9.25 each) will be donated, along with money Hoppdoddy raised on Tuesday, September 5 in conjunction with Tito's Handmade Vodka.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
8433 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree
Texas steakhouse Perry's is offering a special three-course dinner from now until the end of September for $45 per person, $5 of which will be donated to the hurricane relief fund set up by Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt. Reservations are required to get in on the special, so check out the menu options on the restaurant's website, then call to book a table.
Zoës Kitchen got its start in Texas and is focusing on helping victims of the hurricane recover by accepting donations to the American Red Cross at checkout. Customers who donate today through the end of September will receive $3 off their next purchase, and Zoës will also match a portion of money raised. The
Wednesday, September 6
Yellowbelly Chicken (at Stanley Marketplace)
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Buy a meal at Yellowbelly on Wednesday, September 6, knowing that your bill will go toward helping flood victims. The restaurant will donate all profits for the day to the American Red Cross for Texas flood relief. The fundraising effort will also include profits from Yellowbelly's Boulder (2525 Arapahoe Avenue) and Vail (2161 North Frontage Road) locations.
The Tavern Littleton
2589 West Main Street, Littleton
The Tavern and Entercom radio company are hosting a Houston Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., with 25 percent of the sales of food and beverages going to the American Red Cross. See the Tavern's Facebook page for more details.
Uptown Neighborhood Restaurants
Several restaurants in the uptown neighborhood — bounded by 17th Avenue,Broadway, 20th Avenue and Park Avenue — are teaming up to host the Uptown Neighbors Help After Harvey Day on Wednesday, September 6. Ace Eat Serve, Beast + Bottle, Coperta, Olive & Finch, Park & Co., Steuben's Uptown, and Tony P's will all donate 15 percent of today's sales to GlobalGiving's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
3200 Larimer Street, 303-736-8376
2501 Dallas Street (inside the Stanley Marketplace)
RiNo's urban winery and its sister taproom at Stanley Marketplace will donate 100 percent of sales on Wednesday, September 6, and every Wednesday through the end of September, to Rockport-Fulton’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Rockport-Fulton is a small community on the Gulf Coast near Houston that was hit hard by the hurricane and resulting flooding.
Thursday, September 7
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Avanti Food & Beverage
3200 Pecos Street
On Thursday, September 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., Avanti will host Campari America for an Aperol spritz happy hour. The Campari team will be buying a spritz for anyone interested, and will donate $7 for each one served, along with $1 for every adult beverage sold, to the United States Bartenders Guild foundation's Hurricane Harvey Fund. "The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program at the USBG National Charity Foundation is set up to help those in our industry affected by the storm in Houston through the #HurricaneHarveyFund," the USBG states. "The BEAP is set up to provide direct financial relief to bartenders with an emergency medical or catastrophic need." The Guild hopes to raise $25,000 by the end of October to help industry members in the Houston area. If you can't make it for happy hour at Avanti, the guild is also accepting donations on its website.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th Street
Denver's oldest brewpub is donating 20 percent of all its profits on Friday, September, 8 to the American Red Cross. Whether you go for lunch, happy hour or dinner, you can help the Wynkoop reach its goal of $10,000. There will also be a raffle with $5 tickets for a chance to win two passes to GABF, Wynkoop gift cards, a raft trip for six people, Colorado Avalanche hockey tickets and more.
Thursday, September 14
Multiple metro locations
Metro Denver's Bar Louie locations will throw "Louie Loves” fundraisers on Thursday, September 14. The Texas-based company will donate 10 percent of sales, up to $50,000, to the American Red Cross. Call ahead to make sure the Bar Louie nearest you is participating.
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