When nature displays its most brutal side, humanity often displays it’s best. That’s why this Wednesday, mega-chef Masaharu Morimoto, together with a star-studded panel of culinary giants from across the United States are lending their talents to Chefs Cook for Japan at New York City's Harvard Club, with all proceeds going towards disaster relief for the devastating earthquake and tsunami that slammed Japan over two months ago.

On hand to mingle with and feed the crowd? Red Rooster’s Marcus Samuelsson, Devi’s Suvir Saran, Iron Chef Jose Garcas of Philadelphia’s Amada, and countless others (Ken Oringer, Jonathan Waxman, Paul Bartolotta to name a few). All this plus specialty cocktails courtesy of Lani Kai’s Julie Reiner, for just $150 a head.

(My table spent that much on wines alone last time I dined at participating chef Daniel Boulud’s namesake Upper East Side spot.) So brave the rain, enjoy a drink, and feast on plates from a bevy of America’s top chefs, all in the name of charity. I could think of worse ways to spend a drizzly Wednesday eve….

Erin Florio is an assistant editor at Travel+Leisure magazine.