Singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, once again offered a beneficent Thanksgiving dinner at their Bongos Cuban Cafe that was attended by about 1,000 mostly homeless people.
“It’s a privilege. It makes me very happy because we know we’re sharing with families who would otherwise have no chance to celebrate or have such a beautiful day,” Gloria Estafan said Thursday upon her arrival at the celebrity couple’s Miami restaurant.
Flocking into the establishment were many poor people delighted to enjoy a menu featuring the roast turkey so essential to this American holiday, along with some classic Cuban dishes including roast suckling pig and fried plantain.
Gloria Estefan did not hide her emotion when talking about this day called “Feed a Friend,” which she describes as her “favorite event of the year.”
“Each year it gets bigger, people are happy and we couldn’t hope for a more beautiful day than this,” said the singer, who in September this year lauched her latest disc “The Standards.”
For his part, Emilio Estefan recalled that both he and his wife went through some very similar times when they first immigrated to the United States.
“We were both immigrant kids who went through times like this, just like these people. We had some tough moments as youngsters when we had no family with us and we had little to eat. The best thing is to remember to give thanks, which people sometimes forget,” she said.