Las Vegas chefs help feed first responders, victims

High-end restaurants are making rounds to feed firefighters, EMTs and police officers

By FireRescue1 Staff

LAS VEGAS — High-end restaurant chefs are stepping up to help feed first responders and victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Today reported that chefs across the city are coordinating spaced-out deliveries to hospitals and stations to help aid during the long recovery process.

"For sure, there is a healing quality to food. It has the unique ability to bring everyone together — it transcends politics, everything," local publicist Eric Gladstone said, who has been coordinating the donation efforts.

Chef Ronnie Rainwater of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, Delmonico Steakhouse, loaded up a food trailer and made rounds to local stations with fried chicken, red beans and rice, cornbread, pasta salad and more.

"I'm very much looking forward to expressing my gratitude face-to-face," he said. “Our boss, chef Emeril, is such a part of helping communities in all markets that it's in our blood to help out. We're here to take care of people."

Branden Powers, managing partner of Las Vegas pizzeria Evel Pie, said he’s been receiving orders from all over the world from people who want to buy pizza for first responders and victims.

"I asked my staff, 'How many dough balls do we have?' They said, 300 or 400. I said, 'Make 'em all 'til we run out,'" Powers said. “I just want to feed people, take care of them. The generosity of everybody is amazing — people are calling up and asking to anonymously donate $500 in pizzas."

"We’re so small in this whole thing — they are the ones are trying to save limbs, eyes, prevent paralysis, and help people who are teetering on life and death,” Powers added. “Whatever we can do, to make sure they are taken care of — we are going to bring some comfort to them the best we can."


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