Small Bites: Chef Jose Andres Helps Feed Thousands in Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

Plus: Oktoberfest this weekend at Owen’s Ordinary; Ruth’s Chris Steak House pivots to Italian


Jose Andres, wearing a "We Are All Dreamers" shirt, hands out food to residents of Puerto Rico. Via World Central Kitchen/Twitter

Jose Andres organizes ongoing food relief in Puerto Rico

Celebrity chef Jose Andres, who owns multiple restaurants in the area, including Bethesda’s Jaleo, has been in Puerto Rico since the end of September to aid the victims of Hurricane Maria.

Andres has helped organize, with his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, tens of thousands of meals daily in several cities affected by flooding and lack of resources.

Andres, a Bethesda resident, has sent continuous updates on his Twitter feed about the meals he and other chefs are making.

"I always say that chefs like me, we love to feed the few, but I think we love even more feeding the many," he told CNN.

World Central Kitchen reported last week that its volunteers had served over 100,000 meals to residents of Puerto Rico and plan to serve 20,000 meals per day for the next three weeks.

The Oktoberfest event will feature German beer and food. Via Owen's Ordinary

Owen’s Ordinary hosts Oktoberfest event

It’s time for Oktoberfest again. From noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Owen’s Ordinary in Pike & Rose will hold its own Oktoberfest celebration complete with German-style beers and a live oompah band. Beers such as Hysteria Yellow Sudmarine and Gänstaller Bräu Franz Xaver will be available as tasters, glasses or mugs.

The free event also will feature themed costumes and meats such as bratwurst and kielbasa for sale.

Pan-seared halibut and patatas bravas. Via Ruth's Chris

Ruth’s Chris Steak House goes Italian

Bethesda’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House will go Italian for one night this weekend. On Sunday, the restaurant will serve a Tuscan-style five-course meal. Dishes such as beef tenderloin carpaccio and porcini rubbed filet will be paired with wines from Italian winemaker Marchesi Antinori.

The event is the last of the chain’s TasteMaker Dinners. Reservations are available. Prices start at $115.

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