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Care-A-Lotta, charitable arm of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group plans Japan fundraiser

Care-A-Lotta is planning a fundraiser April 3 for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  This will be the first such event in the Midwest, and one of the first nationally.

Bartolotta Restaurants, owned by brothers Joe Bartolotta and double-James Beard Award winning Chef Paul Bartolotta, are once again organizing a charity event to help those in need.  Past events have included the 9/11 Fundraiser for New York, and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Twenty top restaurants from Wisconsin and Chicago, joined by guest star national chefs will each serve one Japanese-themed food item, in the beautiful and historic Grain Exchange Room.   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.

Additionally, participating restaurants will have collection “lanterns” at their home restaurants, and a signature artistic t-shirt and poster will be sold. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross, designated for Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund.

Guest Chefs include Tim Cushman , Chef/Owner, o ya of Boston.  Tim is a James Beard Nominee this year for Best Chef North East.  O ya is the #1 Restaurant in Boston, and in 2008 was the New York Times- Best New Restaurant in the US, Food & Wine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants- World.

Yves Roubaud, Executive Chef/Partner and Naoki Nakashima, Sushi Chef, Shaw’s Crab House Chicago.  Shaw’s is the busiest seafood restaurant in the Midwest, and since the addition of the sushi bar overseen by sushi master Nakashima, one of the busiest sushi servers as well.

Local restaurants participating include (partial list as of March 21, 2011):

  • Sanford
  • Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant
  • Harbor House
  • Mason Street Grill
  • Kil@wat
  • Milwaukee Chop House
  • Ru Yi
  • Riversite
  • Coquette Cafe
  • Meritage
  • Roots
  • Screaming Tuna
  • Muramoto (from Madison)
  • Grain Exchange
  • Machi Produce
  • Cold Spoons Gelato
  • Classy Girl Cupcakes

So, please tell your friends and mark your calendar now for Sunday, April 3 2011  from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Photo: The Bartolotta Restaurant Group

Event Information:
Tickets are $75 and include all food and 3 drink tickets.  Cash bar also available. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday, March 22 by calling 414-727-6980 or online at

The Grain Exchange Room
225 E. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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