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Have you helped Eastern N.C. with a bowl of fish stew?

Small towns across Eastern N.C. were devastated by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in early October.
Small towns across Eastern N.C. were devastated by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in early October. tlong@newsobserver.com

Forget that other election: The #fishstew campaign is in full swing.

Vivian Howard, the chef (The Chef & The Farmer), author (“Deep Run Roots”) and TV star (“A Chef’s Life”) started the idea to raise money for Hurricane Matthew flood relief in the hard-hit area around her home in Kinston. Howard asked chefs all over the country to offer traditional Eastern N.C. fish stew as a special between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5 and donate the proceeds to the United Way in Lenoir and Greene counties.

Flooding from the hurricane has crested, inundating communities across Eastern North Carolina.

Since then, a number of Charlotte restaurants and initiatives have gotten started:

This Sunday from 4-6 p.m., chef Tim Groody of Fork! in Cornelius has organized the Fish Stew Rescue at D9 Brewing, 11138 Treynorth Drive in Cornelius. It’s $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and younger. Groody will be joined by Joe Kindred of Kindred, Flatiron Kitchen & Taphouse, Millstone Bake House & Provisions, Carrburritos, Block & Grinder and D9.

Participating chefs will donate the ingredients (stew, smoked chicken and sides) and D9 will donate a portion of the beer sales.

You don’t need a reservation, just show up and pay at the door. (One unconfirmed rumor: Howard herself is here this weekend for sold-out book events at Park Road Books and Main Street Books in Davidson, so there is a possibility she may show up herself. But that’s not guaranteed.)

In the meantime, there are chances to grab a bowl this week at The Asbury, 300 East, Upstream, Mimosa Grill, Harper’s and Dogwood Southern Table.

One new one: Stoke, the new restaurant at the Marriott City Center, has fish stew on the dinner menu through Saturday. It’s $15 and all proceeds will go to United Way of Lenoir. Stoke’s version is a riff created by chef Chris Coleman that includes a catfish cake, soft-boiled egg, pickled aji dulce, potatoes, onions and bacon broth.

If you get fish stew somewhere, there’s also a social media campaign to share it with the hashtag #fishstew.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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