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Helping Haiti: A growing list of local restaurants chip in

"Charity begins at home, but it cannot end there," said Muhammad Ali (via the voice of Chris Rock) at the Help for Haiti Now benefit on Friday. If you weren't able to contribute during the celebrity-hosted telethon or the other events that have happened around town, head out to some of these local restaurants, which are doing their part to help out in Haiti.

Vertical Wine Bistro will be hosting the "Haitian Libations Charity Event" in partnership with local bloggers Mattatouille, RumDood and Gourmet Pigs. The three bloggers have created a special cocktail menu for the event, and will be working their shaking skills behind the bar. Fifty percent of all proceeds go to Artists for Peace and Justice. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 p.m. until close. 

Cookies without Borders will hold a bake sale on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Scoops Gelato. They're encouraging local bakers to contribute whatever they can, and Spork Foods and Whisk LA have already pledged contributions. If you've got a black thumb when it comes to baking, you can simply come down and contribute by purchasing some of the cookies, cakes and jam that will be donated. Proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. You can find more information on their blog or email nocookieleftbehind@gmail.com. 

Daily Grill restaurants nationwide have created "A Day for Haiti" on Feb. 3, where 100% of the sales will go to the relief effort. The special benefit menu consists of chicken pot pie, classic cheeseburger, Cobb salad and the classic fruit cobbler. Check their site for locations and details

--Krista Simmons

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