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Food for a Cause

By Sarah Griesemer

If you’re in the mood for something different, pay a visit to the Empanada Guy in Freehold, who through the end of May is serving up donations alongside his specialties.

At the beginning of April, which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the restaurant began donating 15 percent of each sale to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Owner Carlos Serrano is hosting the fundraiser to honor the parents of a friend, Lisa Paillex Griffin of Franklin Park.

“Both my mom, and most recently my dad, were diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” Paillex Griffin said in a news release. “I have been committed to doing as much as I can to make a difference for others affected by this disease and raising awareness.”

She set her fundraising goal at $500, so head over and join Serrano in doing some good. Try the eatery’s signature item in beef, chicken or cheese, or opt for a chorizo, crab or lobster empanada ($3 to $6).

There are plenty of other menu offerings as well, including a Cuban sandwich, a flank steak sandwich with chimichurri, and sweet corn tamales. Just be sure to mention the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation when you order.

Empanada Guy Restaurant is at 568 Park Ave. in Freehold. For more information, call (888) 623-7765.

For more information about the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, call (800) 457-6676 or visit

Source Date: Apr 30 2014
Source Publication: Asbury Park Press
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