Spokane chef Jeremy Hansen is hosting a dinner Friday to help raise money to send himself and a small culinary team to Puerto Rico.
The plan is to spend much of November in the U.S. territory helping prepare and serve meals to victims of Hurricane Maria through chef José Andreas’ World Central Kitchen. The organization has already served more than 1 million meals to people affected by the Sept. 20 hurricane.
Money raised at Friday’s dinner, including sales of beer and wine and additional donations, will be used to help cover airfare and expenses for Hansen and the other local chefs taking part in the project.
Hansen and his wife, Kate, own and operate Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie, Inland Pacific Kitchen, Biscuit Wizard, Common Crumb Bakery and Hogwash Whiskey Den, all in downtown Spokane.
Friday’s fundraising dinner happens to fall on Hansen’s birthday. “I can’t think of a better gift than this dinner being a huge success, so we can give as much financial help as possible to World Central Kitchen to aid in direct relief efforts in Puerto Rico,” Hansen said in a news release about the event.
A wine reception starts at 6:15 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Both take place at the Washington Cracker Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave.
There’s room for 100 people. The suggested minimum donation is $100 per person.
The nonprofit Pura Vida Recovery is managing reservations and donations. Reservations for Friday’s family-style steak dinner can be made by calling (509) 703-7907 or by visiting www.puravidarecovery.org.