Jose Garces' international food fiesta for charity - 6at4

October 6, 2012 4:58:38 AM PDT
One of Philadelphia's top chefs wants to take your taste buds on a trip around the world.

Chef Jose Garces gave a little taste of an international food fiesta he's hosting raise money for underprivileged immigrants.

Fanesca is a traditional Easter soup in Chef Jose Garces' native Ecuador. It's a chowder chock full of grains, fresh vegetables and salt cod. It's actually the recipe that he got from his grandmother, Mamita Amada.

It's the first course of the VIP dinner Wednesday night at the Kimmel Center when the chef and his wife, Beatriz, officially launch the Garces Family Foundation. As part of the Foundation's mission, chef Garces gives tours of his Bucks County Farm so kids can learn where food comes from.

The idea is to promote healthy eating and steer teenagers and children away from eating processed foods.

"So I teach people how to eat and she teaches them how to clean their teeth afterwards," Garces told us.

Money raised at Wednesday's launch party will convert a building at 17th and South streets into a community center for Puentes de Salud which is a group of volunteer doctors who provide immigrants with free medical care.

Top chefs like Marc Vetri, Michael Solomonov and Kevin Sbraga will all be joining the cause.

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