Chicago Chefs Raise Money For Restaurants In Puerto Rico

Steve Miller
March 15, 2018 - 8:21 am

Chef Jimmy Bannos/Facebook


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group of Chicago chefs is raising money for restaurants in Puerto Rico that are still struggling after Hurricane Maria hit the island last September.

The big fundraiser was Wednesday night, but one of the leaders of that benefit, Jimmy Bannos, chef/owner at Heaven on Seven restaurant, said he would like to raise even more money because he knows there are restaurant owners in Puerto Ric, especially away from the main tourist areas whose livelihood is on the line.

Bannos talked about a friend's mother who went to a restaurant there the other day.

"And the electricity went out.  No electricity. They were dark then for a couple days. So what happens to that food?  What happens to all that stuff - it just goes in the garbage."

Bannos's goal is $100,000 which will go to a culinary school in San Juan and it will distribute the money.

"The Chicago restaurant community is trying to help the Puerto Rican restaurant community because what people don't understand is, we are all Americans."