Israel is a country of misconceptions. One that really eats at me is the notion that foreign workers don't have it so bad here because they make better money than they would in their countries of origin. At best, this is a horrifying half-truth. I've worked in restaurants with them and share their neighborhood, Tel Aviv's Neve Sha'anan. I witness them returning to streets lined with crackheads and prostitutes after 16-hour shifts to their dilapidated apartments packed with plenty more tenants than the structure intended. And, to top it all off, they often can't leave, trapped in a form of indentured servitude, because their passports are held hostage. They came to this country to support their families or for refuge and instead are treated as slaves. Mesila, the Aid and Information Center for the Foreign Community, funded in part by Tel Aviv's City Council, will hold a tasting dinner benefit at Southern Tel Aviv's Hudna. The dinner is planned and prepared by chef Assaf Granit, owner of Adom - one of Jerusalem's finest restaurants. "As a chef and restaurant owner, I indulge in the hedonism and pleasures of life. It is easy to forget the less fortunate ones," Granit says, explaining his motivation to help. The planned menu includes such treats as shrimps with mango salsa, lamb t-bone, calamari in burnt eggplant cream, chocolate chipolata and more. Besides Granit's own donation of time, all the evening's ingredients have been donated as well. Granit promises that they are of the highest and freshest quality, ensuring that this is to be a great meal for a great cause. The meal takes place at Hudna (13 Abarbanel St., Tel Aviv, (054) 524-1601) on Saturday, June 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. for NIS 70-100. Reservations are strongly recommended.