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Past Event

Feeding Puerto Rico with Chef José Andrés

This program is part of our 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month series.

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the Caribbean mere weeks after Hurricane Irma swept through the islands. Puerto Rico was devastated, with the overall damages leaving millions without food or water and the largest power outage in American history. In José Andrés’ newest book, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, the acclaimed chef details the story of how he and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen made it their mission to repair Puerto Rico through his favorite medium: food.

Andrés, with the help of a local network of chefs, volunteers and community members, made nearly 3 million hot meals during his time in the country, and he passionately rallied for disaster relief that was both urgently provided and free from bureaucratic red tape. Despite the obstacles put in the way by government agencies and large organizations, Andrés not only fed thousands of people but also provided a framework for what humanitarian relief should look like, and he continues to be a powerful advocate for this important work.


This program has been canceled. Andrés will be assisting the World Central Kitchen, providing food relief in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. 

Andrés photo by Ryan Forbes

In association with Latino Community Foundation

Our 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month series is generously supported by EY.



September 17, 2018

Marines' Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States

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José Andrés

Chef; Founder, World Central Kitchen; Author, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time

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Tom Philpott

Food and Agriculture Correspondent, Mother Jones—Moderator


5:30 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program