Tri-C Hosts ‘Viva Puerto Rico’ Benefit Dinner
October 16, 2017
John Horton, 216-987-4281 email@example.com
Proceeds of event will help family of culinary program alumna Magdalis Galarza
Hurricane Maria punished the hometown of Magdalis Galarza, a graduate of the culinary program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), when it slammed into Puerto Rico last month.
Her family lost virtually all of their possessions to the winds and water brought by the storm. Weeks later, they continue to live amidst destruction.
“It’s a struggle for them every day,” Galarza said. “I’m so far away from them but I want to help.”
So she is doing what she does best — cook.
A benefit dinner to raise funds for Galarza’s family will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the College’s Hospitality Management Center on Public Square. Tri-C students and staff came together to host the event with Galarza.
The “Viva Puerto Rico” dinner will feature a four-course meal created by Galarza in honor of her homeland. The menu includes roast pork (pernil), friend plantains (tostones), salt cod (bacalao), coconut panna cotta (tembleque) and other Latin American dishes.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by visiting www.tri-c.edu/vivapuertorico. A cash bar with pina coladas, coquitos (Puerto Rican eggnog) and local beer will be available. Non-alcoholic beverages are included with dinner.
All proceeds will go to Galarza’s family to help them recover from Hurricane Maria.
Galarza enrolled at Tri-C in 2013 after moving to Cleveland to pursue a career in the culinary arts. She graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with two associate degrees and three professional certifications.
She current works in the kitchen at the acclaimed Table 45 restaurant at InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.
Tri-C’s Hospitality Management Center is located at 180 Euclid Ave. on Cleveland’s Public Square. Tickets to the dinner include parking at ProPark’s Cleveland Public Square Garage, located at 2047 Ontario St.