LA Loves Puerto Rico

October 7-14, 2017

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1 week in LA.

100s of chefs + mixologists. 1000s of dishes + drinks.

All proceeds to

Unidos Por Puerto Rico.



We are food people. We serve up our love to Puerto Rico.

 Photo: Brenda Godinez

Photo: Brenda Godinez


The Hurricane


Hurricanes Irma and María have devastated the island of Puerto Rico, leaving millions without water, many without shelter, and an entire population without steady access to power. The unimaginable has happened. What now?

 Photo: Alice Young

Photo: Alice Young


Unidos Por Puerto Rico


United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and María.

 Photo: Ja Ma

Photo: Ja Ma


Our Memories


Many of us in the restaurant, bar and hotel industry have sought inspiration and solace in Puerto Rico's jeweled beaches, emerald rainforests, and warm people. We place our memories on our plates and in our glasses, as tribute to this important sisterland that we will not leave behind.


Special Thanks

To the beautiful humans who contributed to this project: Lesley Balla, Daniel Chun, Shawna Dawson, Corianda Dimes, Michael Doneff, Susan Hosmer, Lucy Lean, Dorothy Maras, Jamie McGuire, Erica Ross, Lesley Suter, Jannis Swerman, Bradley Tuck, and so many more. 

Jakob is a LA-based food photographer with expertise in restaurant and bar photography. He was the founding photo editor of Time Out LA and now regularly freelances for publications as well as brand marketing campaigns. His images have been published in newspapers and magazines such as Bon Appétit, GQ, The New York TimesT: The New York Times Style Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Condé Nast Traveler, SPIN, and Esquire

HQ Collective

LA Loves Puerto Rico is realized by the combined efforts of the Los Angeles food and cocktail community, from talented chefs and bartenders to wondrous publicists and journalists. Helping to shape the grassroots organizing vehicle are Andrea Sun and Edward Allen of marketing firm HQ Collective: she's clocked almost 20 years in the restaurant industry, and he's logged two decades of work in Democratic politics and presidential campaigns.