On Friday, Nov. 9, Aliah Davis of Washington, N.J., had the day of her dreams realized by Verizon Wireless as the winner of our Dia de tus Suenos sweepstakes that was held in October as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Davis’ prize was spending a day with celebrity chef Jose Garces, known for his appearances on “Iron Chef America” and for his 15 award winning restaurants.
Davis’ dream day experience began at the Verizon Wireless store at 11th and Market Street in Philadelphia, where she and her husband, met Garces for the firsttime. Here, they spent some time talking about the contest, family, food, and more, before Garces presented Davis’ with a check for $1,000 and a Samsung Galaxy 7.7 tablet she could use to document her day.
Garces and Davis then headed to one of Garces’ Philadelphia restaurants, JG Domestic. Upon arrival, Garces showed Davis his office and gave her a behind-the-scenes look at some of his current projects, favorite cookbooks and a private tour of the restaurant, ending in the kitchen where they spent the next hour preparing two of Garces’ signature dishes: Ecaudorian-style shrimp ceviche and a chicken and rice dish. Along the way, Garces gave Davis pointers and shared some of his own cooking secrets. The end result was a meal Davis was able to enjoy with her husband, and an unforgettable experience Davis said she won’t stop talking about anytime soon.