Photo: Tehuacan Biosphere in Puebla, Mexico
Many of us know chef Moises Ortiz of Pico de Gallo and his business partner Carlos Gomez for the fabulous Mexican food at their restaurant in Stuyvesant and in the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market. What Pico followers might not know is that Carlos and Moises, who hales from the small village of Zapotitlan Salinas in the state of Puebla in Mexico, are also dedicated philanthropists and community volunteers.
Pico de Gallo in Stuyvesant will be closed this week and the stand in the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market will be absent this Saturday because Moises and Carlos are traveling back to Zapotitlan to realize Moises’s dream of funding, building, and officially opening a new church in his hometown. During their week in Zapotitlan, Moises and Carlos will host a small revival festival and a celebratory dedication of the new church. At the same time, they hope to have time to do some teaching to the young people of Zapotitlan about the importance of taking care of the elderly in their village.
Moises’s and Carlos’s commitment to doing good works extends beyond Mexico. Both take time out from their hectic schedules of preparing and serving delicious food and managing their successful restaurant in Stuyvesant (and soon opening a new location in Hudson) to visit the elderly right here in Columbia County at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell in Valatie.
Pico de Gallo should be back in the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market on September 28.