Chefs make it a time to give in Alicante province

Chefs make it a time to give in Alicante province
FESTIVE MEALS: An impressive line-up of Alicante province chefs Photo credit: Alicante Gastronomica Solidaria

THE Christmas holidays, which in Spain last the traditional 12 days, are the season for giving.

Michelin-starred chefs like Joaquin Baeza and Ferdinando Bebardi as well as master pastry chef Paco Torreblanca are amongst those who are doing just that.

They have given their time and expertise to ensure that Alicante Gastronomica Solidaria (AGS) could deliver 12,000 festive menus – no different from those customarily eaten in Alicante province homes – to vulnerable collectives between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.


“Our motivation is bringing hope and a smile to those who are having the hardest time,” declared Alicante Gastronomica Solidaria’s president Carlos Baño.

“It came into being as a social initiative receiving support from the public administrations to help and provide food for the disadvantaged, answering  needs arising from the consequences of the Covid pandemic,” Baño said.

Alicante Gastronomica Solidaria evolved from the Alicante Gastronomica trade fair centring on Mediterranean food and lifestyle, the AGS president explained.

“We decided to put the fair’s resources at the service of those who most needed them,” Baño said.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, AGS’s 1,600 volunteers have cooked and distributed more than 350,000 meals for the homeless and the vulnerable in 35 municipalities.

The AGS  also counts on support from more than 650 firms that provide services ranging from food supplies to logistics.

“This sums up the successful way in which collaboration between the public and private sectors can benefit society,” Baño said.

“It also demonstrates the hospitable, public-spirited and committed character of Alicante  province’s population, together with the hospitality and restaurant sectors,” the AGS president declared

“They have all contributed their talent, effort and hard work to feed thousands of people each day in an especially complicated situation.”

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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