If you're looking for ways to help relief efforts in Japan after the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake (and looming nuclear threat), grab a fork or raise a glass: Local bars and restaurants across the U.S. have created a host of promotions designed to help those in need.
Check out what's happening in your area, or use our list as a guide:
- Seattle, which is home to a large Japanese population, has many participating restaurants and bars. Ten percent of today's sales at Blue C Sushi's six locations and Boom Noodle will go to American Red Cross. And if you buy miso soup at Issian, which is a Japanese restaurant, all of that money will go to disaster-relief efforts in Japan. Oddfellows Cafe & Bar pledged to donate 100 percent of today's profits to International Medical Corps, as has King's Hardware, Linda's and Smith. And finally, Fresh Bistro in West Seattle vowed to put five percent of this week's sales toward the cause.
- At Larkburger, a Colorado chain of natural/gourmet hamburger restaurants (in Boulder, Edwards, Fort Collins and Greenwood Village), today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.
- From today through March 19, Ototo Food and Wine, Izakaya Den and Sushi Den -- all on South Pearl Street in Denver -- will send a portion of dinner proceeds to relief efforts sponsored by the Japanese Red Cross. These restaurants all specialize in Japanese cuisine.
- Chicago's Lockwood Restaurant & Bar, which is inside the swank and historic Palmer House Hilton, developed a signature cocktail for relief efforts. Fifty percent from every purchase of Sunrise Saketini ($12) will go to the American Red Cross.
- Two bartenders (Steven and Angela) at Gasoline Alley Restaurant in Bath, Ohio, are giving a huge portion of their tips to Mercy Corps (a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit that provides tents, blankets and medicine to victims in a disaster) and the American Red Cross. Co-owner Susan Johnson says she's going to kick in some money too.
- Cafe Iveta in Santa Cruz, California, a fairly new cafe that brews Lavazza coffee and bakes delicious pastries, began rolling out a Japan benefit on March 12. Between March 12 and Marcy 18, 20 percent of sales from St. Patrick's Day items will be donated to the American Red Cross. This includes scones with clotted cream and lemon or key-lime curd.
- Sekisui Midtown, a sushi eatery in Memphis, pledged to donate 10 percent of customer sales last weekend to efforts that support those who are suffering in Japan, and continues that promotion, in addition to collecting donations.
- Sushi Samba Restaurant Group, which has locations in New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami, created a sushi roll called Japan Relief Roll ($12), containing king crab, unagi, tamago, cucumber, shiso and inari skin. Through the end of March, when you buy the roll, 100 percent of the profits goes to the American Red Cross.
- In Honolulu, Chef Roy Yamaguchi will host a benefit dinner this Wednesday night at Roy's Restaurant (Hawaii Kay location). It's a pay-what-you-will situation with all of that money benefiting the American Red Cross' efforts to assist victims in Japan.
- See photos of the damaged caused by Japan's massive quake at AOL News.