NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Beginning Friday, March 4, New Orleanians will have more than 25 more choices for Fish Fry Fridays The Fish Fry Fridays campaign, which began in 2020, will serve as a fundraising event to benefit Hospitality Cares a partnership between Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA). Participating restaurants will donate $1 per fish fry entrée sold each week through April 15.
“We are so excited to be able to bring this fundraiser back for a third year,” said Jennifer Kelley, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation Executive Director. “This community is there for each other through more ways than just financial support—it’s the comradery and friendships that sustain us through hard times, but this event has been a winner all around. I’d like to thank our sponsors, restaurants owners and chefs, and our patrons for coming together for our community.”
Hospitality Cares is a crisis grant program offering varying resources, including emergency financial assistance to individuals working in the hospitality industry – one of the region’s largest employment sectors. The emergency grants award up to $2,500 to eligible employees at hospitality businesses running active United Way workplace campaigns in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. The funds provide temporary assistance during times of crisis to cover basic financial needs, including housing, medical and utility bills.
The Fish Fry Fridays campaign was initially launched during Lent 2020 to help hospitality workers who were laid off during the pandemic. It raised over $12,000 from restaurant sales and a sponsorship from TABASCO®, who also sponsored the campaign in 2021 and will again sponsor it in 2022. They are joined by New Orleans Fish House who will offer discounts to participating restaurants for their seafood features.
“This campaign has not only benefited the seafood industry, but it is giving an economic boost to our restaurant industry and provides New Orleanians with a sense of normalcy,” said Phil DeGruy, New Orleans Fish House sales manager. “We are proud to be a part of helping to strengthen the hospitality industry.”
Participating restaurants and their Lenten specials will be posted here: FishFryFridays.org.
Hospitality Cares program information: UnitedWaySELA.org/HospitalityCares.
2022 RESTAURANT PARTICIPANTS (as of 1/27):
Bienvenue on Hickory
Boulevard American Bistro
Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard
Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop
Chemin à la Mer
Copeland’s of New Orleans (all Louisiana locations)
Fat Boys Pizza
Francesca Deli by Katie's
Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant, Bar & Catering
Grill Room at Windsor Court
Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery
Ma Momma’s House at Pythian Market
Pêche Seafood Grill
Ralph’s on the Park
Reconcile New Orleans
Red Fish Grill
TJ Gourmet at Pythian Market