For brethren in need, it doesn't matter if it's someone next door or more than 1,500 miles away, San Diegans are stepping up to lend a helping hand. In the case of the recent earthquake to hit Mexico City, here are some local businesses hosting events with some or all of their proceeds going toward relief efforts.
On Friday, Sept. 29, An Electronic Gift for Mexico City will play host to Tijuana's electronica leaders Nortec Collective for a night that merges electronics with popular music of northern Mexico. Also on hand will be Machino, DJ IDeaL, Ese' & Zain, and Viejo Lowbo.
"We are happy to extend a lifeline of support to the people of Mexico at this time of loss, and we are honored to take part in their recovery after this most recent tragedy," said managing partner for Music Box Joe Rinaldi in a statement.
A minimum cover donation of $20 is required for general seating with additional options available from $35-100 donations. There will be limited mezzanine tables and couches available for $1,500 or private boxes for six people priced at $2,000.
Anyone who would like to donate more, or is not able to attend the show but would like to contribute, can call the box office at 619.795.1337. Proceeds from the tickets sales will be donated to Foundation GIN of GIN Group.
The Westgate Hotel
In partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, The Westgate Hotel is hosting two nights of events, titled Borderless Dine & Wine, where part of the proceeds will benefit the Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross).
On Friday, Sept. 29, sit poolside and enjoy an array of small plates created by the Culinary Art School of Tijuana. The dishes will feature Baja produce and meats provided by Sano y Punto. Baja wines and beers also will be featured, and live music from Lorraine Castellanos will fill the night air. The event runs from 5:30-8:39 p.m. with tickets set at $40 per person.
On Saturday, Sept. 30, celebrity chefs Claudia Sandoval and Javier Plascencia will take the spotlight as they create a four-course prix fixe dinner using sustainably sourced ingredients. The meal will be accompanied by pairings of wine from Valle de Guadalupe. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with ticket prices at $130 per person.
1055 Second Ave., downtown, westgatehotel.com
A newcomer to the downtown restaurant scene (the official grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 30), Patron's Corner has no hesitation toward stepping up and helping out. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, 100% of the restaurant's profits will go toward a GoFundMe page set up for the Brigada de Rescate Topos Tlaltelolco A.C., an organization that was established by the 1985 earthquake that devastated Mexico City.
According to the GoFundMe page, "We are a team behind Patron's Corner restaurant in Downtown San Diego. Many of us are either from Mexico or have roots there. We firmly believe in helping and giving back to the community."
323 J St., downtown, patronscorner.com
The folks at Puesto not only serve Mexico City-style cuisine, some of its staff have direct ties to the area, as well. In the case of Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzalez, he was born and raised in Mexico City and still has family and friends there.
"The Earthquake in Mexico City really hit home for us," said Owner Eric Adler. "We want to support our family and friends down in Mexico City, and this is the least we could do to send some relief to the victims."
La Jolla: 1026 Wall St., La Jolla. The Headquarters: 789 W. Harbor Drive, downtown. eatpuesto.com