El Wingador Is Helping Puerto Rico With…Waffles?
Simmons is, er, still in the process of raising capital for the venture. But in the meantime, he’s partnered with Conshohocken-based Waffatopia on a special new waffle flavor — and the proceeds will benefit hurricane relief efforts in still-struggling Puerto Rico.
Waffatopia makes Belgian-style caramelized Liège waffles in flavors like cinnamon vanilla, birthday cake, and maple with Dad’s Hat Rye. Owners Brian and Andrea Polizzi worked with Simmons to develop a special mango habanero-flavored waffle — a nod to Simmons’s Puerto Rican roots. They recommend serving the waffle topped with meats like pork sausage or (of course) chicken.
Proceeds from the sale of the new waffle will be donated to #ChefsforPuertoRico, part of chef Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen project that’s provided nearly 1.5 million meals to families in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck last month.
The partnership with Simmons also marks the first in Waffatopia’s new Chef Series; they’ve got special waffle collaborations lined up with the likes of Patrick Feury, Michael Solomonov, and Darryl Harmon, whom they call the “unofficial waffle king of New York.”