SAN ANTONIO – Foodies with a taste for Mediterranean-style cuisine with Puerto Rican roots can help the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory at a pop-up fundraiser Monday evening.
Wilson Davalos, the chef and owner of CLMDO in the coastal resort town of Isabela, organized the event with the help of Geronimo Lopez, the chef and owner of Botika at the Pearl.
Davalos said he will be preparing nine dishes, served family style. Davalos said the menu will offer enough protein to satisfy most Texans.
"It's going to be chicken. There's pork. There's steak and lamb," Chef Wilson said.
The cost per person is $40.
"It's a very, very friendly price for this kind of food," Chef Geronimo said.
He said when Chef Wilson approached him with the idea, he didn't hesitate.
"Not only because of what is happening in Puerto Rico and our brothers and sisters out there," he said. "Also because I think San Antonio will appreciate the art form that Chef Wilson will bring."
Chef Wilson's cuisine and restaurant have been acclaimed by the New York Times.
However, he said, "My restaurant was my only source of income and it's gone."
That is why Chef Wilson said he hopes the fundraiser also will help him to a degree, as well as the tiny island of Vieques off the Puerto Rican coast.
But he said his both his heart and his mother remain in Puerto Rico. He said much of the island has only generators for power and clean running water is limited.
The Puerto Rico fundraiser is set from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Botika in the Pearl.
Anyone wanting to attend is asked to RSVP at 210-670-7684.