Today through Saturday the restaurants participating in "Dine Out for the Gulf Coast" will set aside a portion of their profits to help those directly affected by the oil disaster and to support long term restoration of the coast and marshlands.
Some restaurants are contributing a percentage of sales. Others are offering specific items to show support for the gulf fishing industry.
Boulette's Larder in San Francisco's Ferry Building has already been asking customers to make an extra contribution for the past 10 days. All of that money goes to the gulf coast spill fund.
The idea of Dine Out For The Gulf Coast has come from Jimmy Galle, owner of Gulfish, a fish wholesaler in Sausalito. While no one knows what the oil spill will mean in the long term to the gulf fishing industry, Galle says Gulf fishing communities need help now.
You can find out more about the effort and which Bay Area restaurants are participating at: dineoutforthegulfcoast.org