The front doorways of Azteca 1 restaurant in north Davenport were surrounded Wednesday by folding tables and chairs. A detective wasn’t demanded to deduce an outside event was on the horizon.
That occasion is Azteca 1’s “Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Purpose.” This year, proprietor Sonia Villalpando and her workers are donating $1 from just about every margarita to St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church’s foodstuff pantry. The pantry is a single of the few in the Quad-Metropolitan areas that offers classic Hispanic foods merchandise.
The social gathering starts off at at 11 a.m. Thursday at Azteca 1, which is found at 4811 N. Brady St. in Davenport.
“We have a custom of striving to support people today and we have often tied our fundraising to get started of Cinco de Mayo. This is something we have performed for at least 10 several years to support distinct charities,” explained Villalpando, who acquired Azteca 1 from her father in 2016. “Ken Croken approached me this 12 months about the Hispanic food items lender and I assumed it was a wonderful idea.
“So we are heading to do what we can to assist.”
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Croken is a single of five males who provide on the Scott County Board of Supervisors. He grew to become intrigued in the food stuff pantry right after the Board of Supervisors showed no desire in his recommendation to reroute some of the additional than $7 million in American Rescue Program Act money the county programs to use to partly spend for developing a new juvenile detention centre to assist undocumented personnel.
“What got me started off was the reality that a reasonable variety of vital-but-excluded workers in our county are Hispanic, and some of individuals personnel and their family members battle — not only to obtain meals — but come across meals built from standard elements.
“We have a good deal of superior food stuff pantries in this town and county — but most do not give traditional Hispanic ingredients like beans, rice and masa flour.”
Croken linked with St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in downtown Davenport, which operates the pantry when a thirty day period immediately after the noon Spanish Mass.
Families obtain a basket of classic meals solutions, which includes staples this sort of as beans, rice, masa flour, chilies and other ingredients generally utilised by Hispanic residence cooks.
In a news release, Croken reported many space Mexican places to eat are supporting St. Anthony’s Hispanic food pantry effort.
“Azteca 1 has agreed to donate $1 for just about every margarita cocktail marketed to its Cinco de Mayo revelers concerning Thursday and Sunday and will request its patrons to look at ‘rounding up’ their expenditures to the closest greenback to support as properly,” Croken claimed.
Croken pointed to a several other places to eat that have pledged to aid the meals pantry, like Los Portales Restaurant, 1012 East Kimberly Street, Davenport, as well as Los Primos Mexican Grill, 1143 East Locust St. and Ganzos Cafe and Cantina, 3923 North Marquette St.
Croken mentioned other fundraising and food stuff donation routines will be held all over the summer season in purchase to guarantee the Hispanic meals pantry is adequately prepared to fulfill the improved requires the chilly weather months will provide.
Villalpando recommended her beloved margarita for Thursday’s fundraiser.
“Strawberry. I surely like the strawberry margaritas,” she explained. “But people will have loads of possibilities.”