Detroit, MI

Detroit Businesses Are Holding Food Pop-Ups to Help Victims of Hurricane Ida

Becca Ballard

Detroit-area restaurants and food-based companies are collaborating this week on a series of pop-ups to raise money for the victims of category 4 storm, Hurricane Ida, in Wallace, Louisiana.

The pop-ups began on Tuesday, September 7.

Hurricane Ida has quickly went through and tore up Louisiana on August 29, becoming the second-most damaging hurricane after Katrina to strike the state of Louisiana. This storm knocked out millions of residents power and basic services like emergency response and everyday amenities are no guarantee in many towns.

Wallace, Louisiana is one small town that was hit hard and like many small towns, they don't always get the resources, aid and help that the bigger cities get. One Wallace native, Ederique Goudia, is changing that though. Goudia and Detroit businesses are partnering with the nonprofit Descendants Project, which is working to help provide hot meals, charging stations, a cooling center and other resources to residents affected by this hurricane.

See below for the list of pop-up events.

  • Community workout with Detroit Body Garage at the site of the future Neighborhood Grocery -
    500 Manistique St., Detroit; $15
  • Gabriel Hall pop-up at Batch Brewing Co., with a performance by the Gabriel Brass Band and DJ Boog - 1400 Porter St., Detroit; $20 (proceeds will also benefit displaced musicians)
  • Chef Matt Johnson is cooking Creole food at Batch Brewing Co. - 1400 Porter St., Detroit
  • New Orleans Bounce cardio workout with Crystal Marie at Beats, Thymes, & Life Garden -
    434 W. Margaret St., Detroit; $15/person
  • Day party at Spot Lite Detroit with DJ Skeez, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. - 2905 Beaufait St., Detroit; $5 suggested donation at the door
  • Pay-what-you-can pig roast at Batch Brewing Co., noon until food sells out
    1400 Porter St., Detroit
  • Private event hosted by Make Food Not Waste

To donate to the relief efforts, visit www.tastethediaspora.com and click the link at the top of the page.

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