Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) on Aug. 19 will host its third annual "Unite for a Bite," a national campaign to support women in the culinary arts. This year, in response to the April 20 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, part of proceeds from participating member restaurants and partners will benefit the New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network.

During "Unite for a Bite," diners are invited to visit participating restaurants, which will donate 5 percent or more of their food and beverage sales from that day to WCR. Following this year's "Unite for a Bite," WCR will work with Susan Spicer, a longtime WCR member and chef/owner of Bayona and the recently opened Mondo, who sits on Gulf Restoration Network's board of directors. Spicer will assist in directing raised funds to benefit foodservice operations nationwide that are impacted by declines in tourism and fresh seafood as a result of the oil disaster.

WCR member restaurants and partners participating in "Unite for a Bite" include:
For more information on "Unite for a Bite," visit www.womenchefs.org.