January 25, 2002

Chefs from four San Antonio restaurants, Los Barrios, Paloma Blanca/Aldaco, the Anaqua Grill at the Plaza San Antonio Hotel and Berryhill at The Lab, teamed up with news reporters at a local Blockbuster store to cook up their best tortilla soup recipe, all to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs Teen Center in San Antonio. Hector Elizondo and Elizabeth Peña, stars of “Tortilla Soup,” served as celebrity judges at the event.

“This donation will help establish a media center in the Boys & Girls Clubs' Teen Center on Commerce Street,” said Chris Pittner, regional director of operations for Blockbuster. “As a national supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, we believe in their mission to support youth and to provide a positive place for young people to learn, play and interact with others.”

The media center will include VCRs, DVD players, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube hardware and software for both educational and recreational purposes.

“Blockbuster is about the community, just as much we are about entertainment,” Pittner said. “'Tortilla Soup' is a wonderful movie about the life of an Hispanic family, and we are honored to celebrate its release with this donation to the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center.”

A Samuel Goldwyn picture, “Tortilla Soup” is set in East Los Angeles, with Elizondo playing a widower and master chef who must deal with business and family problems. Peña plays one of his daughters. Also featured in the movie are Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello and Raquel Welch.

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