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All things in balance

By Janice Zimolzak

Feed the Hungry’s annual street food festival is the best party in town. When you buy your ticket to the Grand Opening of Cantina el Gato Gordo you won’t just be going to a great party, you’ll be earning good karma – 60 percent of the ticket price will be a tax-deductible gift to Feed the Hungry San Miguel. You may already know that Feed the Hungry provides 4,000 children with a hot well-balanced meal every school day. But did you know that the 80,000 meals served throughout the school year contain all of the food groups outlined on the “Plato del Bien Comer” and that they are:

Feed the Hungry Street Food Festival
Traditional food and drink is included at the
Grand Opening of Cantina el Gato Gordo fundraiser
Sat, Oct 5, 6-9pm
Tickets: $75 at La Conexion and Solutions.
More info:

harmless – clean and disinfected; complete – provide the required calories; and

equilibrated – 15-20 percent protein, 50-55 percent carbohydrates, and 20-30 percent lipids (good fats).

The balanced school-lunch provided for each child by FTHSM fulfills 30 percent of the child’s caloric needs at each stage of their growth. Private consults offered to each mother help define the amount of food necessary for each child, because each child has different needs which depend on their age, size, genetics, home life, level of physical activity, etc. Family Nutrition Education workshops help the mothers use these basic nutrition concepts while preparing family meals at home. Can you think of any better way to spend 45 dollars than a child’s health?

The other 40 percent of the ticket price of the Grand Opening of Cantina el Gato Gordo is a gift to you. Savor the culinary delights of traditional San Miguel as you select the offerings from those wonderful tucked-away little restaurants that only locals know, some of the best street food vendors in town, and a few foods that are only available by invitation from the host. This is the very best “all you can eat” buffet in town and it only happens once a year. We take as much care in selecting the vendors for you as we do in preparing the children’s lunch.

What is good food without good wine, fine tequila, top-shelf mezcal, a margarita that makes you want to come back for more, or a frosty cerveza? There will be a performance by the incomparable María Sánchez, and other great entertainment in a delightfully colorful cantina environment. Everything is included in the US$75/1,000 peso price of admission. Don’t miss out on the fun and check out Atención next week for more exciting information.

We, at Feed the Hungry San Miguel are very proud of all we do. Nutritious lunches are a large part of it, but there is so much more. If we’ve piqued your interest, contact us at and leave your email or phone number. We would love to tell you more.

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