Giusto Newport will host Restaurants for Relief on May 2.

There is a lot of generosity within the hospitality industry. It comes from a deep sense of commitment to the community. You cannot succeed in this endeavor if you do not nurture the support that the local community has entrusted to you.

For this reason, smart restaurateurs will do what they can to give back. All businesses should be committed to their community, but restaurants are different. These are the meeting places. These are the places where meals are shared with friends and family. We share laughs together here. We celebrate our triumphs here. We seek solace here.

Beyond the lure of great food and rustic drinks, restaurants offer us all a place where we can come together. This is how the community is encouraged. When the call for help goes out, restaurants usually respond.

Dan Lederer

We are approaching the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Stories of how the Ukrainian people have suffered continue to fill our newsfeeds. Moved. Wounded. Their cities in ruins. Families leaving their homes in search of safety, a journey filled with pain, hunger and uncertainty. They need help. And now our local restaurants are answering the call to help our global community.

On Monday, May 2 from 9-11 p.m., Giusto Newport will host Restaurants for Relief at its Hammetts Wharf location. The event is a benefit to help provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

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All proceeds will be donated to the World Central Kitchen (WCK), an organization with boots on the ground in Ukraine whose mission is to feed those in need. Tickets for the evening are $30 per person and can be purchased through the booking link on Giusto’s website or

If you cannot make it there, there is an option on the website to purchase a Donation Only ticket. But you might not want to miss this one. Not only will Giusto’s team be whipping up delicious treats, but his friends from Yagi Noodles, TSK, and Sup Dog Supper Club will be hanging out in the kitchen whipping up some of their favorite snacks.

It’s a lineup of stars of culinary creativity, all coming together to help you. And when word of the event spread to the folks at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company, they too wanted to help, so they donated to the event.

And to make your special cocktails, a guest bartender from Stoneacre Garden will be present alongside the Giusto team to concoct delicious drinks. Each ticket for the event comes with a drink ticket, but they will no longer be available for purchase.

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To add a little more fun to the night, Giusto’s neighbors at the Hammetts Hotel, Saltzman’s Watches and Sweden’s Holebrook, are donating some major prizes for a silent auction. This is what a community that comes together looks like.

Giusto Newport is where Restaurants for Relief will be held on May 2.

Giusto has already proven itself as an organization deeply committed to giving back to the community. He proudly contributed to Newport Out events and also cooked up holiday cheer by donating a lasagna to the MLK Community Center for every lasagna purchased this past holiday season. But Giusto is also proud to be part of the Newport hospitality community.

Restaurants for Relief was designed as an industry event to celebrate those who work in the business. This is the kind of night restaurant that workers really appreciate. While trying to think about what to do this year for the industry event, the idea of ​​doing something to help Ukrainians was thrown around. Everyone was on board. And when they told some of their industry colleagues about it, they too wanted to have that chance to nurture the community in Ukraine.

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The World Central Kitchen is an incredible organization known for being the first on the front lines to help provide meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises. Founded by its food director, chef José Andrés, the WCK has been in Ukraine since day one of the invasion.

The organization is unique in that it not only provides meals to those in need, but also strives to create meals originating from the regions it serves. It does not serve pizza in Ukraine. It’s about making Ukrainian cuisine understand that the comfort of food makes the difference. WCK people are doing good things.

Giusto Newport on Hammetts Wharf hosts Restaurants for Relief, which will benefit the people of Ukraine.

Once again the restaurant industry is coming together to help. It’s kind of his thing. When you work every day in a business that brings people together over food and drink, you get a sense of what it means to be part of a community. It’s useful. It’s teamwork. It is thinking of others.

These are the things that will bring everyone to Giusto on May 2 – a chance to help out. Enjoy amazing snacks and drinks during your stay and savor the taste of doing your part.

Dan Lederer is a Middletown resident with 30 years experience in the restaurant industry throughout New England. He continues to work locally behind the scenes in the industry and remains a dedicated fan of all things restaurant and hospitality. His column appears on and Thursdays in The Daily News. Cheers!

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