Several New Orleans restaurants will bring the Lenten Fish Fry tradition to their tables, as part of a citywide fundraiser to benefit the hospitality industry.
Nearly 40 restaurants join the fundraising effort, a Fish Fry Fridays campaign, which returns even bigger after debuting last year during the height of the pandemic in March.
The Fish Fry Fridays campaign will serve as a fundraising event to benefit Hospitality Cares, a partnership between the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA). Participating restaurants will donate $1 per fish fry entrée sold each week.
“The pandemic has hit the hospitality sector the hardest,” said Michael Williamson, UWSELA President and CEO. “Our community always comes together to help those in need, and this campaign is no different. The restaurants themselves are stepping up to keep the industry alive while providing a safety net for its employees through Hospitality Cares.”
Hospitality Cares is a crisis grant program offering varying resources, including free civil legal aid, counseling and emergency financial assistance to individuals working in the hospitality industry – one of the region’s largest employment sectors.
Menus from participating restaurants feature seafood-centric dishes like a buffalo fried catfish sandwich from Mid-City’s Blue Oak BBQ, pesto shrimp linguine from Metairie Italian spot A Tavola or a fish fry dinner from Warehouse District hot spot Peche.
The Fish Fry Fridays campaign was initially launched during Lent 2020 to help hospitality workers laid off during the pandemic. It raised more than $12,000 from restaurant sales and sponsorship with Tabasco.
“We are proud to participate in this campaign,” said Phil DeGruy, New Orleans Fish House sales manager. “It is not only bringing us closer together, but it allows us to keep traditions going and keep restaurants open.”
A complete list of participating restaurants and their Lenten specials are available at FishFryFridays.org.
Here’s the complete list of 2021 restaurant participants:
A Tavola | Restaurant & Wine Bar
Blue Oak BBQ
Boulevard American Bistro (Harahan & Veterans)
Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar
Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop
The Court of Two Sisters
Effervescence bubbles & bites
Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant, Bar & Catering
Grand Isle Restaurant
The Grill Room at Windsor Court
La Petite Grocery
Lula Restaurant Distillery
Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread Chicken & Waffles (Pythian Market)
Mahony’s Po-Boy’s & Seafood
Muriel’s Jackson Square
NOLA Geauxst Kitchen at Dixie Taverne
Pêche Seafood Grill
Picnic Provisions & Whiskey
Ralph’s on the Park
Red Fish Grill
Red Gravy Cafe
Rosemary & Roux
Ruby Slipper – All New Orleans Metro Locations
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