Chicago chefs unite for disaster relief fundraiser for Puerto Rico

Sample the cuisines from more than two dozen area restaurant chefs/owners for “Chicago Chefs Cook for Puerto Rico” on Wednesday at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.

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Dozens of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs participated in the “Chicago Chefs Cook for Tigray” fundraising event earlier this month at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. A similar fundraiser is planned for Wednesday night, to aid the residents of Puerto Rico following the destruction caused by hurricane Fiona.

Dozens of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs participated in the “Chicago Chefs Cook for Tigray” fundraising event earlier this month at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. A similar fundraiser is planned for Wednesday night, to aid the residents of Puerto Rico following the destruction caused by hurricane Fiona.

Dave Abrahamsen

Chicago’s culinary community is uniting to aid the citizens of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricane Fiona. They’re asking the Chicago area to help.

Sample the cuisines from more than two dozen area restaurant chefs/owners for “Chicago Chefs Cook for Puerto Rico” on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC) for an evening of food, music, cocktails and more to raise funds for World Central Kitchen (WCK) in its continuing efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico to help feed those impacted by the devastating storm. Proceeds from the event will help fund the disaster relief projects by WCK, which was founded by chef Jose Andres in 2010.

The event follows the group’s most recent local fundraiser “Chicago Chefs Cook for Tigray,” in September, which raised funds for the humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, as well as “Chicago Chefs Cook for Ukraine,” held in March.

“Working together with Chicago Chefs Cook and World Central Kitchen, Chicagoans have the power to magnify our impact and save lives in Puerto Rico,” said Billy Ocasio, president and CEO of the museum. “Food brings people together, and with Chicago Chefs Cook for Puerto Rico, some of the top chefs in Chicago are coming together to help feed our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters while they recover from the devastation of another hurricane.”

Tickets, $150 per person, can be purchased at the door (3015 W. Division) or by visiting nmprac.org. Attire is casual.

Participating chefs include:

  • Art Smith: Reunion
  • Bill Kim: Urban Belly
  • Casey Doody: GT Prime, GT Fish & Oyster
  • Cely Rodriguez: The Jibarito Stop
  • Cristiano Bassani: Gene & Georgetti
  • Dan Raskin: Manny’s Deli
  • Devon Quinn: Eden
  • Donny Farrell: Quality Crab & Oyster
  • Erick Williams: Virtue, Daisy’s Po’ Boy and Tavern
  • Greg Wade: Publican Quality Bread
  • Heather Bublick & D’Andre Carter: Soul & Smoke
  • Jason Hammel: Lula Cafe
  • Ken Polk: Batter & Berries
  • Mark Mendez: Libertad
  • Martial Noguier: Bistronomic
  • Nikolaos Kapernaros & Louie Alexakis: Avli on The Park
  • Noah Sandoval: Pizza Friendly Pizza
  • Paul Virant: Vistro Prime
  • Rickie Perez: Logan Oyster Socials
  • Sam Rattanopas & Mina Sudsaard: NaKorn
  • Sarah Stegner & George Bumbaris: Prairie Grass Cafe
  • Stephanie Izard: Sugargoat
  • Tigist Reda: Demera
  • Tony Priolo: Piccolo Sogno
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