Friends with Benefits

A Dinner Series

A lively and entertaining dining experience by Chef Jorge Guzman at Petite León, welcoming and collaborating with some of our amazing friends who also happen to be chefs. We’re hoping to shed light on different cultures, celebrating and promoting the diversity in food and friendships it creates. Each dinner we will donate a portion of the proceeds to help benefit a charity of the chefs choice. We can’t wait to welcome you.


November 14th | $100 per ticket

Cleophus Hethington

Ebi Chop Bar

A native of Miami, Chef Cleophus Hethington grew up around the table, eating and cooking delicious Soul-Caribbean food that would eventually shape his culinary trajectory. While Chef of Benne on Eagle in Asheville, NC Chef Ophus cuisine garnered both local and critical acclaim leading to his nomination in 2022 as a Finalist for the James Beard “Emerging Chef” category. These days you can find Chef in Atlanta GA. pushing the evolution of his pop-up restaurant, Ebi Chop Bar along with his spice company, Triangular Traded Spices. Chef leads and cooks by way of an Ethiopian proverb “Yameftehav gaudy, chewna berbere lay” which means “A solution lies in salt and spices”. Chef Ophus brings his heritage with him to any kitchen and takes pride in the flavors, ingredients and dishes from the African diaspora.

December 10th | $100 per ticket

Jonathan Zaragoza

Birrieria Zaragoza

Chef Jonathan Zaragoza was raised on Chicago’s Southside by a tight-knit family with strong cooking roots. At the age of 12, in the backyard of their home, Zaragoza began learning to make birria, roasted goat from Jalisco, in a wood-burning oven built by his grandfather and father. In 2007, Birrieria Zaragoza opened its doors giving Zaragoza a platform to create and continue learning from while diving headfirst into Chicago’s hospitality industry. From working at Sepia and Sixteen, cutting his teeth on the Michelin circuit, to becoming the chef of Masa Azul at 22. Zaragoza’s culinary abilities have afforded him acclaim and the world as his kitchen. His path has taken him throughout Mexico, deep into its rich culinary heritage, to bring its traditions with him to London, Dubai, Paris and all across the US.

Coming soon