Local restaurants step up for hurricane victims
EAGLE COUNTY – Local restaurants are lining up to do what they can for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Over the next weeks and even months, eateries in the Vail Valley plan to send tens of thousands of dollars as well as supplies to people displaced from the hurricane. It’s a great way to combine help for hurricane victims with an enjoyable meal. Here’s the latest lineup of benefits happening locally, as of Thursday afternoon:The owners of Bagali’s in Vail, who hail from Houma, just south of New Orleans, are loading up a U-Haul and heading down to Louisiana Tuesday with money and supplies. First, though, they’re working with the Salvation Army locally to raise money and gather supplies.Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Bagali’s U-Haul will be on hand at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards. In conjunction with Vail Valley Medical Center and the Eagle County School District, supplies will be collected for transport to the stricken regions. According to Bagali’s co-owner Scott Bucy, they don’t need much in the way of canned food or clothing.”I just spoke to the Salvation Army person down there, and she said the real need is personal hygiene items,” Bucy said.That includes things like towels, paper products, tampons, diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste and the like. Bottled water is also needed.At 3 p.m. Saturday, Bagali’s will open as usual, with proceeds from all wine sales going to the Salvation Army. Saturday evening, the waitstaff at the restaurant will donate half of their tips to the cause. At 9 p.m., the real fun begins. Bagali’s will host an all-you-can-eat jambalaya feast, with draft beer and house wine all included in the $20 charge. The band Gathering Gravity will perform, with the possibility of a special guest or two.Bucy said they will take donations of supplies or money up until they leave. Stop by the restaurant or call 479-9242. Balata, located at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Edwards, hosts a Southern/Creole-style buffet Saturday for $35 per person. All proceeds will go to hurricane relief, including tips and wages for employees, who are donating their time. For reservations, call 477-5353.Larkspur Restaurant & Market, in Golden Peak lodge in Vail, presents a New Orleans-inspired menu Friday, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross – including wages and tips from the waitstaff, who are donating their time.Beginning at 6 p.m. Larkspur will offer a three-course meal for $100 per person. That includes a choice of three different entrees and appetizers and two different desserts. Wine pairings will accompany each course, and a New Orleans-style jazz band will provide entertainment. Wines are donated by National Distributing. Call 479-8050 for reservations.Los Amigos on Bridge Street in Vail will hold a fundraiser Thursday. A $25 donation includes appetizers, a Mexican buffet, dessert and one drink. Children under 12 are $10.Los Amigos will donate all food and drink, so all proceeds will go to hurricane relief. The restaurant also plans to deliver donated funds to a bank that’s matching such donations.For information or reservations, call 476-5847.Ludwig’s Restaurant at Sonnenalp Resort in Vail Monday will host a four-course Creole dinner with wine for $35 per person. Live entertainment will be donated by Chuck Grossman. All proceeds will go to hurricane relief, including tips and wages for employees, who are donating their time.For reservations, call 479-5429.Terra Bistro, in Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, is aiming to raise $50,000 for hurricane relief by donating 25 percent of all sales. Manager Jim Williams said the restaurant usually runs half-off specials at this time of year but will ask patrons to help hurricane victims instead.For reservations, call 476-6836.Finally, there’s no dinner involved but plenty of fun at Hurricane Relief Concert No. 1, set for Ford Amphitheater in Vail at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Music will be provided by Drag the River, Mama’s Cooking and The Samples. Cover is $9.77, with all proceeds matched by First Bank and donated to the Red Cross.The concert is presented by KZYR, Vail Myriad, Samana Lounge, Vendetta’s and 30th Street, among others. After the concert, party with band members at Vendetta’s and Samana, with a portion of sales also going to the Red Cross.Alex Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 615, or email@example.com.