Culinary community joining forces to help their fishermen friends affected by hurricanes

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In the wake of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina’s culinary and hospitality community has raised hundreds of thousands of relief dollars through a series of meals and events.

The latest aims to help North Carolina’s fishermen and shellfish growers impacted by the storm.

This Saturday, “Gone Fishing” will feature more than a dozen North Carolina chefs — including several James Beard nominees and winners — from Wilmington to Pittsboro at the new Junction West in Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

The event is organized by chefs Ashley Christensen of Poole’s, Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard and Locals Seafood, with proceeds going to the state’s fishermen and oyster and clam farmers affected by Hurricane Florence. The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center is helping distribute the funds and will accept separate donations for North Carolina watermen.

Many of the participating chefs and restaurants focus on North Carolina seafood, including 18 Seaboard, Postmaster and The Cortez.

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Warehouse district bar Junction West will host the latest Hurricane Florence fundraiser from North Carolina chefs, Gone Fishin’, a day party raising money for state fishermen and shellfish growers.

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The party will also include rare Triangle appearances from Keith Rhodes of Catch in Wilmington and Craig Love of Surf House in Carolina Beach.

The chef roster includes:

Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner and several other restaurants

Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard

Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer and The Boiler Room

Andrea Reusing of Lantern and The Durham

Cheetie Kumar of Garland

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Eric Montagne of Locals Oyster Bar

Oscar Diaz of Cortez

Keith Rhodes of Catch

Craig Love of Surf House

Bobby McFarland of Snap Pea

Steven Green of Herons at the Umstead

Josh “Skinny” DeCarolis of Mothers & Sons Trattoria

Chris Lopez of Postmaster

Teddy Diggs of Coronato Pizza

Jeff Seizer of Royale

Steve Mangano of the Cureat app

Two Roosters Ice Cream

Videri Chocoate

Drinks will come from Tito’s Vodka, Lonerider Beer, Happy + Hale and Haw River Wine Man.

Tickets are $75 and include all food and drink, plus a Yeti Rambler Lowball. Go to

Junction West is at 310 S. West St., Suite 110, Raleigh.

Meanwhile, there are still tickets for the Sunday Supper fundraiser — a community dinner in the middle of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.

On Sunday Nov. 11, lunch for around 1,000 people will be served. Participating restaurants include Matthew Register of Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland, Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard, Vidrio, Bu-Ku, Sam Jones BBQ,, La Farm Bakery, Daddy Bob’s Barbecue, Sean Fowler of Mandolin and Urban Street Eats.

Tickets are $25 each, with proceeds going to the North Carolina Community Foundation. A dinner held earlier this month raised more than $400,000 for the organization.

Many of the participants have been involved in other fundraisers, including a private dinner cooked by Christensen and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, which raised $124,000 for the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, and “Country as Cornbread” T-shirts sold by Howard.

Sales of the $25 shirts will to raise money for flood victims of Jones County, next door to Lenoir County where she lives. Donations go to the North Carolina Community Foundation’s disaster relief fund and are earmarked for Jones County. The shirts will be on sale until Oct. 31 at

Drew Jackson; 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson