Delicious Ways for Bostonians to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Labor Day weekend dinner in the Seaport, beers in Hopkinton, and more can benefit Texans.

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From our safe, dry perch in the Northeast, it’s hard to see the continuing devastation in Texas after the unprecedented flooding of Hurricane Harvey and not feel like doing something. Mayor Marty Walsh’s office is collecting donations, and national organizations like the American Red Cross have tangible ways Bostonians can help. But if you’re out and about this week, so do our local restaurants and breweries.

Tonight, Coppersmith is donating 100 percent of the sales from its weekly whole hog roast to the Red Cross, earmarked for Harvey relief. Plus, the South Boston spot plans to match that amount with an additional donation. Executive chef Jason Heard, who spent formative years cooking and developing a love for barbecue in Georgia and Florida, feels strong ties to the South. That’s evident in menu items like smoked pork papusas, a Texas-style brisket sandwich, and house-made sausages on his regular dinner menu, and it was also the inspiration behind the whole hog special. It’s only fitting that tonight’s roast gives back.

Every Wednesday (currently planned through September 27), Heard prepares the locally sourced pork and traditional sides with a different, global flavor inspiration; tonight’s happens to be Cajun. The first slice is ready at 5 p.m., and it’s on until it’s gone. The meal is $24 per person.

If you can’t make it out for meat tonight, consider a Labor Day weekend road trip out to Hopkinton. The town’s new brewery, Start Line, is donating 10 percent of all taproom sales this Saturday and Sunday to the Red Cross. The taproom opens at noon both days.

Closer to home, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in the Seaport, Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill and Burlington, and 50 more of the Houston-based restaurant group’s properties around the country are donating to Texas food banks throughout the weekend. Beginning Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4, 20 of sales will be earmarked, with a $1 million goal.

And beginning September 1, Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca—and all of Mario Batali’s restaurants across the country—are donating 100 percent of sales of certain beef dishes to the Red Cross effort. In Boston, the meatballs are the #BeefForRelief dish. The initiative lasts throughout September, too, so you can get your fill of this crowd-pleaser and make a big impact.

Know of any other New England spots doing what they can for Houston? Let us know in the comments.

Coppersmith, 40 W. 3rd St., South Boston, 617-658-3452,

Start Line Brewing, 151 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, 508-761-2044,

Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Boston, 617-421-4466,