Columbia's Bleu restaurant serves Haitian cuisine to support relief efforts

Thursday, January 14, 2010 | 5:36 p.m. CST; updated 1:40 p.m. CST, Friday, January 15, 2010

COLUMBIA — The disaster in Haiti has struck a personal chord with the co-owner of Columbia's Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Travis Tucker said his mother, Tawni Price, was deployed Wednesday with the Florida 1 Disaster Medical Team. She left her normal job as a registered nurse to help those injured in Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

Bleu, 29 S. Eighth St., will be serving Haitian cuisine from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday with profits going to Florida 1 Disaster Medical Team.

“Our chefs have collaborated and done some research on Haitian food and drink,” Tucker said. The menu will include traditional Haitian foods such as rum chicken, corn fritters, fried bananas, orange marinated pork with hot peppers and pickled vegetables as well as Haitian drinks.

The Florida medical team, founded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a partnership between public and private sectors. Tucker said it was his mother’s second deployment to Haiti. Her first was in response to a hurricane.

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