|Daniel Patterson of Coi|
Bay Area foodies plunked down $250 last December for a Hurricane Sandy benefit at Coi organized by Daniel Patterson and his pastry chef Matt Tinder, co-prepared by Corey Lee (Benu), Christopher Kostow (Meadowood), Evan Rich (Rich Table), Chris L'Hommedieu (Prospect) and Bill Corbett (Absinthe) who came together to help their fellow fine-dining restaurant Governor in Brooklyn. But after the Dumbo restaurant that got destroyed by five feet of water announced last week that it would not be reopening, Serious Eat’s Slice got wind that the funds for that event were being redirected to an old-school pizzeria. Say what?
Several other high-profile restaurants (including Momofuku) closer to home also hosted guest dinners to benefit Governor's recovery, but Patterson is unique in that he not only pitched in from across the country, but also decided to donate the $5,000 funds raised for Governor to another Brooklyn restaurant that was damaged during the storm, Coney Island’s famed Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano. According to the Slice, Paterson was approached by a long-time regular of Totonno's to donate the funds to the iconic pizzeria instead and was cool with it. He also shrugs off any suggestion that he was overly magnanimous, telling Slice that, "relying on fine-dining restaurants to fill in the gaps left by the government in times of crisis is kind of a joke, but we did our best."