Updated March 25 at 12:45 p.m.:
During the month of April, the Eat Well restaurant group, which includes the Heights, Logan Tavern, Commissary and Grillfish, will donate $2 to the American Red Cross for Japan Relief for every bottle of wine sold at their restaurants.
Buddha Bar has indefinitely extended its collection program of non-food, nonperishable items to send to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Additionally, the restaurant will donate $1 to the Red Cross for each ginger-infused cherry tart purchased during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Sei is offering an original sushi roll called the kibou (which means hope in Japanese) that is visually similar to the Japanese flag. All proceeds from sales of this roll will be donated to the Red Cross.
Chef Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro has organized a number of local chefs to auction off special dinners at their restaurants in support of relief efforts. Browse the restaurants and place your bids here.
Fundraising efforts for Japan relief are top of mind this week. Here’s a roundup of local events that are worth your time and for a good cause.
One quick and easy way to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami: Drink Japanese beer . Every time you buy a pint of Kirin Ichiban ($5) or Asahi ($6) at Iron Horse Tap Room, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Move quickly, though -- there are only two kegs of Kirin and two smaller kegs of Asahi in the building, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
On Thursday, Stand With Japan is a simple way to help the aid process. Simply meet at the Washington Monument grounds and then walk around the Tidal Basin to show support for the victims and survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. All donations will go to the American Red Cross and its Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.
Mint in Adams Morgan is giving people the opportunity to do a little stretching and strengthening for a good cause. All of the proceeds from the gym's Friday Night Yoga Party will benefit relief efforts in Japan. As an added bonus – for fans of "Glee," anyway – the soundtrack will consist of power ballads during which visitors are encouraged to sing along. The suggested donation is $20; $10 for Mint members.
On Saturday, U Street Music Hall owner and frequent Japanese visitor Jesse Tittsworth is headlining a fundraiser with DJs Reed vs. Reed (DJs Reed Rothchild and Reed Obeyah) and Uncle Jesse getting it krunked up. Admission is a minimum $10 donation to the Red Cross, and every cent collected at the door goes to charity. Listen to a mix from Tittsworth’s appearance at Tokyo’s Air Tokyo club to get a sense of the vibe. As an added bonus, Tittsworth -- a tattoo aficionado who got inked in Fukuoka on his trip -- will be raffling off two $200 gift certificates to Tattoo Paradise, with all money going to the Red Cross.
Also on Saturday, Capital Hearts for Japan hosts a silent auction at the Park at 14th to benefit the Save the Children foundation. There will also be live performances, drink specials and free cocktails from 9-10 p.m. There is a $15 minimum donation.