Newport Beach Restaurants Giving Back
Newport Beach restaurants have always had a charitable spirit. On any given week, you will find chefs and restaurateurs supporting a charity, hosting a fundraising event and donating meals and gift cards.
Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, our Newport Beach restaurants are still finding ways to give back, even as they struggle to stay in business. Here is a roundup of the restaurants that are “doing good” in our community with their incredible philanthropic endeavors, from starting grassroots campaigns to donating and delivering meals to essential and frontline medical workers.
Avila’s participated in the Frontline Foods OC, the orange county chapter of the COVID clinician meal support program. This initiative brings meals to frontline staff and Avila’s brought a feast to UCI Health’s medical team who are essentially working in wartime-like conditions.
Atomic Creamery teamed up with University High School Irvine’s #GirlUp chapter to launch their “Pay It Forward” campaign. For every three pints of ice cream purchased, Atomic Creamery will donate a pint of ice cream to support local woman-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Bear Flag Fish Co teamed up with Frontline Foods OC to bring a lunch of fish burritos and clam chowder to the front-line staff at UCI Health.
Buddha’s Favorite has joined forces with a wonderful idea from Jennifer Scheumann and her #drivetothrive campaign. Simply purchase a gift card at any price (10% discount on gift cards still applies) and the gift card will be donated to the Environmental Services (EVS) at Hoag Hospital. They encourage you to also provide a handwritten note to our unsung heroes of Hoag Hospital.
Juice Mi launched “JuiceMi Grams” for the public to purchase bundles of coffee, juices, wellness shots and acai bowls to send to frontline hospital staff. Or you can make a donation and JuiceMi will drop off free organic juices, ginger shots and acai bowls to health care professionals.
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Partnering with OC Feed the Frontline, a collection of local dining establishments raised over $3,500 in just four days to feed approximately 500 healthcare workers at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.
In March as owner Mario Marovic closed the doors to the locally-loved Malarky’s Irish Pub, he set up a one-day only drive-thru toilet paper shop selling 4,000 rolls of toilet paper at cost to the public. He also teamed up with Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill to deliver 1,100 rolls to the Oasis Senior Center for distribution to low-income senior facilities.
NEWPORT BEACH DINING ESTABLISHMENTS PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL KITCHEN + CRAFT BAR’S SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE”
OLEA Newport Beach partnered with Front Line Food OC to help feed the nurses and doctors at UCI Health.
Panini Kabob Grill is giving back with #PKGCares and donating and delivering fresh, healthy Mediterranean food to local hospitals and first responders.
Tavern House Kitchen + Bar partnered with Sysco Foods to deliver 50 lunches to the Hoag ER staff! They have also extended the offer to help underwrite future lunches to a collection of our friends and Tavern Regulars and we have already received commitments for another 350 lunches with more coming in still, that will be delivered in the next couple weeks.