San Diego Recap: Flying Flour & $520 for the Humane Society

Yes, we made a complete mess of the Sun-St. Michael’s kitchen, and it became a rockin’ restaurant for the evening. But it was a HUGE success, I’m proud to say. We had roughly 25 in attendance and made $520 in unfettered funds for the San Diego Humane Society.

Wayne, in his infinite wisdom, asked guests to submit images of pets, both living and passed on, and we created a video montage for the party:

Our pizzas turned out spectacularly well, too—with summer favorite CFWB as well as a few new tasty morsels:

QR: "Wild Card: Red Pepper Coulis"

QR: “Wild Card: Red Pepper Coulis”

QR: "San Diego Alligator Pear"

QR: “San Diego Alligator Pear”

QR: "Georgia Peach"

QR: “Georgia Peach”

I put on my video hat to get Wayne talking about the “Squash Blossom”—an equal parts beautiful and tasty white pizza. Have a look:

Most of all, thanks to all who attended and special thanks to Wayne, Ed and Zach for hosting us and allowing us to litter the floor with flour. There’s already talk of 2nd Annual party next fall! Until then, cheers…

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PS: watch for one more San Diego mini doc about the entire event, with more pizza pics and cutaways. ;)

 

Travel & Leisure’s Call For #howisummer Photos

 

Although I object to using “summer” as a verb at all times, Travel & Leisure is running a spiffy social-media campaign to get users to tag their Instagrams with #howisummer. some of the entries are pretty neat—and, with partner Food & Wine magazine, it’s food-specific (although many of the images tagged are not of food, which is weird).

Travel & Leisure's tweet from today #howissummer

Travel & Leisure’s tweet from today #howisummer

 

I just tagged a few images from our San Diego Pizza for Good party (see below). And I’ll update this post if it gets featured! Make sure to watch our Instagram feed in the sidebar for more Food Porn pics that will hopefully inspire you for summer eats.

 

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I made fried goat cheese for a salad topping the day before our PFG party.

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Wayne created the most delicious caprese salad (with garden-grown tomatoes) I’ve ever tasted.

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this was the basis of the CFWB pizza—made for the PFG party in San Diego.

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the Squash Blossom pizza came out of a conversation we had a few nights before the San Diego party. turned out to be a yummy (and beautiful) white pizza.

Meantime, get to tagging on Instagram so you can get your foodie pics up in lights.

Quotable Mondays: A Recurring Feature on the PFG Blog

You might not immediately think of Pizza for Good as a personal development or empowerment vehicle, but the book VERY MUCH is exactly that. In support of that idea, I’ll be posting “Quotable Monday” moments: pics, quotes and random thoughts from the book that are germane to our mission.

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First up—and, reminder, printed copies are coming—is a screen grab from the opening pages of PFG. In addition to a motivational quote from my great friend Alexis Vear, the book’s preface talks about how we achieve and push forward in life based on the great people we surround ourselves with. “In other words, we are the people around us.”

We’ll be doing “Quotable Mondays” every week from here on out. Have an idea for a QM? Please submit one and we might feature it right here on the book blog!

Enjoy and have a great week. A San Diego wrap-up is coming very soon!

Huge Response: PFG Party in San Diego Tomorrow Night!

Zoe, our inspiration for this weekend's fundraising

Zoe, our inspiration for this weekend’s fundraising

Tomorrow night, it’s all about our furry children.

We have more than 20 people RSVPed to “For the Pets,” a party I’m co-hosting with Wayne Sun and Ed. St. Michael. They wanted to honor their beloved Zoe, whom they lost suddenly—and many of the party attendees will be honoring their own pets as they support the mission.

This is the first-ever Pizza for Good party I’ve thrown outside of Atlanta, and I couldn’t be more excited! We’ve already received a donation for $25, and expect more to come in tomorrow. (We’ll release the full tally early next week.)

All proceeds will benefit the San Diego Humane Society. (read more)

All the pizzas, ingredients and other details are coming together! As always, we are going to emphasize locally-sourced ingredients. Have a look at what we decided on (the title and toppings; subject to change):

  • “P4″ — Pepperoni, pineapple and pickled banana peppers
  • “Georgia Peach” — Grilled peaches, prosciutto, fresh parmesan with an EVOO-citrus glaze
  • “Squash Blossom” — lemon-zest-infused ricotta cheese topped with mint and squash blossoms
  • CFWB” — roasted corn salsa, cheese curds, mozzarella (from the pages of PFG)
  • “San Diego Alligator Pear” — grilled seasoned chicken, avocado, tortilla strips
  • Pesto Perfect” — the quintessential citrus-infused pesto pizza topped with mozzarella (from the pages of PFG)

I’ll be posting pics of our prep work and other tidbits along the way, so watch our Twitter feed and Facebook page for more!

We’re also looking to partner with a local Italian pizza place near SDSU for a dough-nation for our event! We will feature you on this blog and make sure to have our partygoers stop in for a meal. 

More to follow! While Zoe is our inspiration, Triscuit is our mascot—she traveled clear across the country with me to be here for the party.

Triscuit Pollock will be our event mascot

Triscuit Pollock will be our event mascot

 

UPDATE: A recap of Pizza for Good :: San Diego “For the Pets” has been posted—complete with recipes, videos and details about earning $520 for the San Diego Humane Society. Check it out!

 

 

 

Big News! Printed Copies, San Diego Party & More

"Pizza for Good" chapter-heading design for the print version

“Pizza for Good” chapter-heading design for the print version

Are you the type that revels in cookbooks with worn pages and food stains? Well, you’re in luck—Pizza for Good is about to be a printed book in addition to an eBook. The print version is currently in production and will be released in mid August. Watch out for updates on it!

Zoe, our inspiration for this weekend's fundraising

Zoe, our inspiration for this weekend’s fundraising

In other big news, I’m proud to be co-hosting a Pizza for Good party in San Diego. My pals Wayne, Ed and their son Zach live out there and we’ll be raising money for the San Diego Humane Society. We are remembering their late-puppy Zoe, who passed away suddenly a few years ago. Triscuit will be coming with me on the trip and will of course be our mascot for the occasion. Watch for event pics next week. We’ll be turning their family in to a bunch of Pizza Do-gooders!

Finally, it’s my great pleasure to announce I’ll be appearing in the Emerging Authors Pavilion during Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day. Woot! It’s a fantastic honor and will help me tell the PFG story and meet lots of great folks. For more on that, click there.

Naggy Naggerton: if you haven’t bought the eBook yet, do so by going to the Buy Now link. And if you can leave us a review on Amazon we’ll love you forever, and you’ll also score some garden loot in the process. (learn more)

Hope the summer is going well! More recipes and post coming soon.

 

7 Sauces That Taste Better Homemade (NYT)

The finished "Pi" pizza with cherry-butter glaze

The finished “Pi” pizza with cherry-butter glaze

The New York Times has a fabulously simple piece up today about making sauces at home – many of which you can use as the base of a spiffy pizza!

Best of all, YOU control the ingredients and can make it an organic concoction or one with super-fresh ingredients.

There are a number of great sauce recipes in Pizza for Good, too, so make sure to buy it today for cherry-butter glaze, basil-citrus pesto and many others.

Comment here if you end up making any of these—we’d love to know how it turns out!