Bartolotta’s to host fundraiser for victims of Japan disaster

Bartolotta Restaurant owner, Joe Bartolotta and his brother, award winning chef, Paul Bartolotta have once again teamed up to help those in need by organizing a fundraiser for the victims of the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. The pair has organized similar fundraisers for the firefighters in New York City after the September 11 attacks and for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti just last year.
The event will be held at The Grain Exchange Room, 225 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday April 3.  Twenty Top Restaurants from Wisconsin and Chicago, joined by guest star national chefs will each serve one Japanese-themed food item during the event.   Guests will enjoy donated white wines and Champagnes, as well as sake and Japanese beers.  There will be Japanese music and art, and a culinary/wine silent auction, featuring items donated by Chefs Morimoto, Nobu and Roy Yamaguchi.
Additional participating restaurants will have collection “lanterns” at their home restaurants, and a signature artistic t-shirt and poster will be sold.  All proceeds from the entire event will be donated to the American Red Cross, designated for Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund. Guest Chefs Include: Tim Cushman, chef owner of O Ya in Boston, Yves Roubaud, executive chef and partner and Naoki Nakashima, sushi chef of Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago; Shinji Muramoto, executive chef and owner of restaurant Muramoto, Sushi Muramoto and 43 North in Madison; and Nick Johnson, chef at 43 North in Madison.
Tickets for the event at the Grain Exchange are $75 per person and includes food and three drink tickets. A cash bar will also be available.

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