Forget the Beads. This Mardi Gras, It's All About the Beans

1,000 Pounds of Beans makes 10,000 servings. One thousand pounds of beans are on their way from New Orleans to Washington, DC for Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The beans will feed unemployed hospitality industry workers and the staff of 25 restaurants who jumped in to help distribute the meals. The event founders are the co-chairs for the annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza celebration held in DC - David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery and Spike Mendelsohn, Spike’s sister, Micheline Mendelsohn of We The Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery, Gina Chersevani of Buffalo & Bergen – who most recently teamed up to feed the National Guard and First Responders during the Presidential Inauguration. This year, the team has enlisted chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto and the Power of 10 Initiative to put together this charitable event, spanning across the DMV. The BEAN-EFIT takes on the theme of Mardi Gras, throwing BEANS instead of BEADS to support unemployed restaurant workers in the surrounding neighborhoods of Washington, DC and Virginia. On Fat Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the first 100 unemployed restaurant workers to visit any of the 25 participating restaurants will receive a bean dish for FREE. For a list of participating restaurants and more info, visit