NY Restaurants Unite for Chilean Cause

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Six of New York’s most popular restaurants Freemans, Roberta’s, Lovely Day, La Esquina, The Smile and Vinegar Hill House –  have come together to support Habitat for Humanity‘s rebuilding efforts for the victims of the recent earthquake and aftershocks in Chile. Their hope is that this unique charity effort not only assists in the rebuilding of Chile’s infrastructure, but also serves to highlight the country’s food and culture.

From April 5 to 19, each restaurant will be running an appetizer or drink special highlighting Chilean dishes or ingredients. Freemans will be offering a traditional Chilean empanada, which has a savory beef filling with olives and raisins. Roberta’s will offer a 2007 Carmenère/Syrah blend from Chono Reserva (in Chile’s Elqui Valley) and a 2008 Cartegna Riesling (from Lo Abarca, Chile). Lovely Day will be offering a classic Pisco Sour cocktail using the Chilean “Sour de Campo” recipe, which includes ginger and honey. La Esquina will be offering a different take on an empanada, substituting chorizo for beef. The Smile will be offering Alfonso olives, cured in red wine. Vinegar Hill House will offer a 2008 Tres Palacios Carmenère (from Chile’s Maipo Valley).

Proceeds from the sale of any of these drinks or appetizers from will be donated to Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts for Chilean earthquake and aftershock victims. If you’re interested in making a direct contribution to the organization’s rebuilding efforts, click here.