Wine Country fire aid: Restaurants taking donations, holding fundraisers

Bay Area restaurants are scheduling fundraisers and setting up donation centers to assist the victims of the disastrous wildfires in Wine Country and beyond. Here’s how you can help (and if you hear of other efforts, let us know at

DONATED GOODS: All of the members of the Moana Restaurant Group are participating in a Napa/Sonoma Fire Victims Drive and collecting donations of clean, usable cots, sleeping bags and blankets; pet food; medical supplies; hygiene items; non-perishable food. and new clothing, underwear and socks. Donations will be distributed daily to shelters.

Drop-offs may be made at these locations: San Jose: The Farmers Union, 151 W. Santa Clara St., and Olla Cocina, 17 N. San Pedro St., both at San Pedro Square. Santa Clara: Parcel 104, 2700 Mission College Blvd., and Piatti, 3905 Rivermark Plaza. Danville: Piatti, 100 Sycamore Valley Road West. Lafayette: Yankee Pier, 3593 Mt. Diablo Road. Walnut Creek: Corners Tavern, 1342 Broadway Plaza.

ITALIAN MEALS: Both locations of Enoteca La Storia will hold weekend fundraisers. At the Los Gatos restaurant (416 N. Santa Cruz Ave.) 10 percent of all meal sales from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, will be donated to the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership in Napa, which is helping coordinate relief efforts there. Alos, 5 percent of retail sales all day will be donated. The downtown location (320 W. St. John St.) will donate proceeds from meal sales there from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct.15; a silent auction is also planned.

FOOD TOURS: Book a future Oakland food tour for 2017 or 2018 with Local Food Adventures by Sunday, Oct. 15, and the company will donate 25 percent of all profits to the F.I.S.H. food bank in Santa Rosa. Applies to gift card purchases also.

FRENCH DINNERS: In San Francisco, two French restaurants — Chez Marius and Le P’tit Laurent — will donate 50 percent of dinner sales Thursday, Oct. 12, and 25 percent of dinner sales Oct. 15-19 to the Red Cross for fire recovery efforts. The former is at 4063 24th St. and the latter at 699 Chenery St.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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