Basico aims to raise $20K for A Community United

Chef Bryan Cates of Basico prepared Grillled Shishito Peppers with lime vinaigrette, pepitas and cotija cheese. Grace Beahm/Staff

The restaurant community is continuing to coalesce around the fund created by Charleston Place’s Mickey Bakst, as evidenced by this weekend’s donation effort at Basico.

While many of the charitable events organized by bars and restaurants in the wake of the massacre benefitted the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund set up by the city, Basico is directing 50 percent of its Thursday sales to A Community United. Money received by A Community United, which next week is hosting a massive gala featuring food and drink from 50 local restaurants and distributors, will be evenly split among the victims’ families.

Gerald Mitchell, a Basico employee, lost two family members in the shooting.

Restaurant publicist Stephanie Barna says the Basico fundraiser is a good way for Charlestonians who can’t afford a $200 ticket to the event to support the cause. In addition to the sales pledge, the restaurant is collecting cash donations; The Jamestown Charitable Foundation is matching monies raised through both methods from Thursday through Sunday, up to $10,000.

In Mt. Pleasant, Kanpai also helped promote A Community United and its upcoming gala by contributing one night’s revenue to the fund.

Basico is located at 4399 McCarthy St. For more information, call 471-1670 or visit