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Tasty fundraisers are planned for Puerto Rico, Mexico

We are always up for helping out, especially when it means eating and drinking is part of the deal. Two new fundraisers will help victims of recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

A hurricane relief party for Puerto Rico will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at EXPO Market (617 Main St.). EXPO is partnering with the Salvation Army for the event and 100 percent of the funds raised are going to "areas most devastated by Hurricane Maria" including Las Marias, Maricao, Lares, Jayuya, Adjuntas, Utaado, Barranquitas and Drocouis. There will be  50/50 raffle, donated baskets for a raffle, live entertainment and wings donated by Dukes Bohemian Grove Bar. Details at

The second event has personal meaning for Chef Victor Parra Gonzalez, a native of Acapulco, and event planner Syrie Roman, a native of Puerto Rico.

When their home countries were hit by natural disasters, the two wanted to raise money for their struggling communities. (Mexico's earthquake was Sept. 7; Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was Sept. 20.) Together, Gonzalez of Las Puertas (385 Rhode Island St.) and Casa Azul (128 Genesee St.) and Roman of Social Maven are the driving forces behind A Taste of Home, a fundraiser to showcase “delicious representations” of their favorite food from childhood. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Artisan Kitchens & Baths (200 Amherst St.).

At Casa Azul, tacos, tamales and mole, oh my

Restaurants and food artisans will serve food, Slow Food Buffalo will provides homey cooking lessons and Drambox will operate a cash bar. Also planned are a silent auction and live music. Big Ditch Brewing Company will serve corned beef brined in Excavator Rye Brown Ale, served with sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on toasted rye bread. The Dapper Goose plans luxe beef cheek sandwiches. Lomo Lomo food truck will serve a kimchi stew and Marble & Rye will serve housemade beef hotdogs with cavatelli in cheese sauce (aka a gourmet mac and cheese.).

Other participating artisans include BreadHive Bakery, Colter Bay, Dark Forest Chocolate, Lloyd/Churn and Public Espresso & Coffee.

Profits will be divided between World Central Kitchen of Puerto Rico and Topos de Mexico.Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at Tickets at the door are cash only.

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