Many of us in the area have been affected, whether personally or peripherally, by the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma. For me, it is especially poignant after living through the Oakland Firestorm of 1991, and watching my childhood neighborhood burn to the ground before evacuating to safety. For some reason, our home survived as one of only three left on the street, while thousands were left without homes, and even more sadly, without their precious keepsakes (like their baby albums, as this was before digital). It will be a tremendous building process of time and emotion, and even as I write this, over 100,000 people have been displaced. I have rounded up a few resources, places to shop, businesses that are donating, etc to help support those in the North Bay. Please consider helping, as well as keeping so many who are experiencing great difficulty, in your thoughts and prayers. #loveisthickerthansmoke #napastrong #sonomastrong
After seeing Jess Brown post about a pop-up web site to support people in the area, I had to get in touch. Jess, along with Molly DeVries (Ambatalia) and Dana Weitzenberg (Lobstervine Web Design) recruited their artist friends and community to launch California Fire Help, where you can shop artisan goods and 100% of sales go to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Artists and makers include Mt. Washington Pottery (vase in photo above), Abby Jacobs, Colleen Mauer, Loup Charmont, Aplat and work from photographer, Laure Joliet. From Jess: We had to be prepared to evacuate after the fires first began. Bags packed and ready for the alert. It’s been pretty scary and stressful. In my own family, one house was lost the first night the broke out. When you look at photos you can see… it’s not one house, it’s neighborhoods … gone. Block after block, every house gone, just devastation. Anyhow, I wanted to do something. I figured if we could get a few designers together maybe we could make a few a few thousand dollars… five thousand was my goal. As of this morning, we are at $29,103!
Berkeley restaurant, Gather, is donating 5% of wine on tap sales to fire relief organizations until the end of October. Today (Wednesday, October 25) they are donating 50% of all wine sales from their Wine Wednesdays series to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, plus focusing on serving wines from wineries affected by the fires. For more on Gather, go here.
San Francisco jeweler, Honey & Bloom, is donated ALL sales of their Cali Charm Necklace to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund in early November. Shop it here.
All month, Limewood at the Claremont Hotel will be doing Cocktails for a Cause, where $1 for every cocktail served will go to fire relief charities.
Our favorite champagne bar, The Riddler, is a donation center for items that displaced women need: underwear, socks and hygiene products. Bring in new goods and they will treat you to a glass of bubbly. More on The Riddler here.
And more to keep on your horizon:
Prima – The Walnut Creek Restaurant is having an online wine auction and in-store silent auction for one week to support food banks starting this Friday, October 27. For more, go here and if you have a donation to give from your wine cellar, contact wine director John Rittmaster at 925-945-1800.
Charles Krug – During November, the St. Helena-based winery will donate 20% of wine tasting sales to the Napa Valley Community Foundation.
Hakkasan – Now through November 26, Hakkasan in San Francisco will give 15% of sales from three menu items (the Chinese Mule, green tea-apple choux bun, crispy prawn dumplings) to three nonprofits – North Bay Fire Relief, the Farmer’s Guild, and the Redwood Credit Union.
ChefsGiving – The Golden Gate Restaurant Association is organizing ChefsGiving Week the week before Thanksgiving, November 13-19. Keep an eye out for special menus that will support their goal of raising $1m for housing for fire victims. Participants to include: Shakewell (Oakland), Donato Enoteca (Redwood City), and Manresa (Los Gatos), plus from San Francisco: La Folie, Atelier Crenn, and Slanted Door. Put an alert on your calendar to check for updates here.
Thank you for considering to support these events and products, and thank you to all of the local businesses that are doing so much to help and bring our community together.
Jewelry image c/0 Honey and Bloom
Limewood: original image for 24 East by Jen Kay
The Riddler: original image for 24 East by Lauren Andersen