In 2008 Adali Gutierrez witnessed his parents death when they were caught in the middle of a drug cartel shooting in Mexico. Since then, he has been the sole provider and guardian for his four younger siblings.
Gutirrez, 20, works two jobs, including one with the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp, which helped him get into his current apartment in a poor neighborhood in El Monte.
Executive Chef and Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria co-owner, Marco Zapien, heard about Adali’s struggles and took the family Christmas Eve dinner earlier this afternoon.
“I read about Adali’s struggles, and I had to do something,” said Zapien.
Several types of Tamales, Chili Verde, Chili Colorado, hand-made Tortillas, Menudo, Pozole and rice and beans were delivered for their Christmas dinner.
“Wow, this is awesome,” said Gutierrez.
Chef Zapien also gave Adali a gift card to bring his family back to the restaurant.
“I’m definitely going there,” said Gutierrez.