Local Restaurants Fry Up Fish On Fridays During Lent
January 27, 2022
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 camaraderie 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:

Hospitality Cares program information:

A Tavola
Avenue Pub
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
Katie’s Restaurant
Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery
Ma Momma’s House at Pythian Market
Middendorf’s Restaurant
Pêche Seafood Grill
Pyre BBQ
Pyre Provisions
Ralph’s on the Park
Reconcile New Orleans
Red Fish Grill
TJ Gourmet at Pythian Market
Tommy’s Cuisine
About Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. We do this by supporting workforce development programs directly related to our industry; providing access to culinary and hospitality education; working to ensure a positive perception of Louisiana’s hospitality industry; and providing financial assistance and/or guidance to people in the hospitality industry during times of crisis.

Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $4.8 million in support of its mission. These funds are raised through community support and signature fundraising events including Horses, Hops and Cops, the Fidelity Bank Champions Club at Zurich Classic, the Gold Medal Chefs Gala & Hospitality Awards, and Santa’s Kitchen.

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About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For more than 90 years, 
United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit  Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA.

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