Abbott’s Grill Recognizes Community Leader

By Karen Stauffer

For the month of October, Abbott’s Grill will be honoring First State Manufacturing, Inc. and its founder Eliseo Valenzuela, and their contribution to the Milford community. Featured on the menu for October will be a signature dish in Eli’s honor – Snapper Valenzuela – crispy snapper with a saute of onions, peppers and tomato, black garlic, lime and cilantro.

Eliseo Valenzuela, a second generation Mexican-American, grew up dirt-poor in the projects of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was what his people called a “pachuco,” which means “hood.” Fast forward 40 years, and things are looking much brighter.

Eli, his wife Sher and their partner Ashley are enjoying the fruits of their labor, as evidenced by their recent move to their 70,000 square foot Milford facility, where they employ 50. Their monthly generosity now supports local and worldwide ministries and efforts – from family-oriented radio stations to orphanages in Africa and the Philippines. They’re also deeply involved in the economic development of the City, working closely with their city officials to bring jobs and business to the community.

One of their three boys arrived “special delivery”, uniquely packaged with the challenges of autism. Defying the “experts” who said he would never talk, read or never write, today Simon attends the University of Delaware as a full-time student. In continued support of this family and other individuals and families who are touched from this disorder, 15% of the proceeds from the sale of the Snapper Valenzuela for the month of Ocotber will be given to H.O.M.E. (Healthcare Operations Management Enterprises, LLC) – providing individualized real life services and supports to empower people of all abilities. You can meet Eli on Wednesday, November 2, as our Celebrity Chef. Word on the street is that he will be making his famous fajitas.

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