Benefit for American Red Cross at Devotay This Sunday

Devotay restaurant in Iowa City is hosting a benefit for Haitian earthquake survivors on Sunday, January 16. Photo: Brigette Fanning

Devotay, 117 N. Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa, launched Benefit Sundays last month to give back to the community by partnering with a local charity.

This Sunday, the restaurant is partnering with the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief Fund. According to Devotay line cook, Jeremy Tole, the restaurant had taken 10 benefit reservations for about 25 patrons as of Friday night. They’re hoping for even more people to designate their reservations in the name of this Haiti relief effort.

Haiti is the hemisphere’s poorest nation, and many survivors have no access to water, food, shelter, or healthcare, according to Devotay’s website. The charity proceeds from Sunday’s meal will assist the American Red Cross in their work with earthquake victims in Haiti.

Benefit Sundays Support Charitable Causes

On Sundays, the restaurant donates a portion of proceeds to a charitable organization based on the number of diners and amount of total sales. Groups raising funds for their organization should ask their supporters to make reservations in the name of the charity. Preregistration is required.

Benefit Sundays began December 6 with a holiday art show and sale for Arts Iowa City. Owners Kim and Kurt Friese are currently booking benefits for February 2010. Organizations can also host an auction or hold an event during the day, such as a pancake breakfast or buffet. Interested organizations should contact the restaurant by calling (319) 354-1001.

About Devotay

Devotay is known for its seasonal menu featuring a wide variety of cold and hot tapas. The restaurant also serves entrées and desserts, as well as an assortment of specialty wines. Chef Kurt Friese is a leader in the Slow Foods Movement, and author of A Cook’s Journey: Slow Foods in the Heartland.

Brigette Fanning

Contributing Writer

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