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"whether you eat or drink ..."

As St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:11:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

I'd say the New York barkeeps and restaurant owners behind this story are doing better than many of us in putting that into action. On September 12, there will be a cocktail hour from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 20050902cocktails_3offering New Orleans-style drinks like the Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup, Comfort Julep, Vieux Carre, Ramos’ Gin Fizz, Obituary Cocktail, French 75, Hurricane, and Brandy Milk Punch at the special -- and higher -- price of $10 each, with all receipts going to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Gawker has promised to post the list pf participating establishments.

I like that people are coming together to figure out how the gifts they have could contribute something of real and substantial help, and it seems in keeping with New Orleans' spirit (no pun intended) to have a celebration of that city's culture to raise money. I'd love to see folks with other talents -- artists, jazz musicians, and others -- to get together for similar celebrations of New Orleans culture to raise funds for relief.

September 5, 2005 in Current Affairs, Flood Aid, Food and Drink, Hurricane Katrina | Permalink


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AAA-MEN. This is fabulous. We need this coming together, this good energy...there is so much suffering, not just the direct victims of the hurricane, either. There is so much grief and anger, finger pointing, emotions high.
Thanks for posting it.

Posted by: zenchick | Sep 5, 2005 9:20:32 PM

That's a terrific idea, and probably easier to organize quickly and move volume than my idea of having NOLA style food fests.

I love it that people seem to be thinking of something they can do, some offering of their talents or treasure, on however small a scale, and then doing it.

Posted by: Charlotte | Sep 5, 2005 9:54:48 PM

Maybe foodfests would be easier for some people to do, though. Charlotte, your comment just gave me an idea: tell our neighborhood association that we're going to have a block party potluck with contests: the best "Mardi Gras in September" costume, the best main dish in the spirit of New Orleans, the best drink in the spirit of New Orleans, the best children's art project celebrating New Orleans, the best family creative venture (you name it -- skit, lip sunc, whatever!) celebrating New Orleans, and the most creative idea for the next neighborhood charity fundraiser. Prizes would be homemade ribbons and such, and entry fees for contest, as well as the usm of a collection taken up, go to relief efforts. Our block has a young man who expected to start his freshman year at Tulane this month, so there's some local interest for us as well.

Wouldn't it be wonderful for city blocks all around the country to do something like this as a first step toward making a habit of creating community, and creating a community that exists for others as well as for its own members?

Posted by: Sarah Dylan Breuer | Sep 5, 2005 10:01:47 PM

Dylan, that's a great idea and it gives me some inspiration.

I don't only want food fests, I want a jazz funeral in every city in this land. Since I can't play an instrument and I'm shy about singing in public, I'll probably concentrate on stirring up some . It's one of my preferred ways of coping with Troubled Times (chopping onions and peppers is quite meditative) and it's certainly something folks on the Gulf understand.

Posted by: Charlotte | Sep 7, 2005 12:58:18 AM

Rats, screwed up my code in that last one. Should read "stirring up some luuuv in the kitchen.

Posted by: Charlotte | Sep 7, 2005 12:59:59 AM

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