On #EarthDay, #NoFoodWasted

Tom Colicchio is one of my Foodie Heroes, and today is a good example of that.

Food waste is a huge problem in this country—we waste between 40% to 50% of our food, and when it hits landfills it emits methane. Methane is worse than anything your car or truck emits, and it contributes to climate change.

“Just Eat It” is airing at 10 p.m. tonight on MSNBC, so make sure to tune in. Meantime, here are some of the best tweets on the #NoFoodWasted hashtag:

I’ll try to add more later. Here’s what I do at home:

compost all non-meat waste
grow edible produce in the backyard
recycle all plastics and plastic bags
and I even pick up recyclables around Midtown Atlanta—items that would have a) ended up in a landfill, or b) clogged up our sewer system.

In my opinion, EVERY day should be #EarthDay. And you can start now. ❏

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Coming Soon: Full #PFGinBethel Wrap-up & Video

We’re going to be reporting great fund-raising numbers for SCOTTY Fund… and I sold 13+ copies of Pizza for Good in print over the weekend. GREAT thanks to all who bought the book and raved about the pizzas.

We’ll also have some fabulous video footage (TY, Ethan Brown!), new recipes and images from the weekend, too. Watch this space. – WP

Tossing a pie-to-be in Bethel

Tossing a pie-to-be in Bethel

 


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#QuotableMondays: Learn Your Craft ‘Until it Belongs to You’

Our Julia Child pizza, “Only Child,” is one of my favorites of the bunch.

The recipe offers a twist on an old favorite—chicken piccata—and can be put atop a pizza or served on it’s own. Healthy, flavorful and awesome.

Today I stumbled upon a quote from frequent Child collaborator and chef extraordinaire Jacques Pepin that applies to anyone who wants to hone a craft.

Pepin's appearance on Bravo's 'Top Chef'

Pepin’s appearance on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’

Here’s his thought:

“I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. ‘If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you.'”

So, own your capabilities, whatever they are. I’ve made “Only Child” so many times that I can do it in my sleep. Cheers to happy practice. – WP

 


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[VIDEO] ‘Pizza for Good’—On the Road in Bethel

Please share with your friends! And click over to learn more about Scotty Fund. Special thanks to Kyle Bowman for his expert videography and directing skills.

We’ll be posting pics, new recipes and much more on Instagram. Full recap next week, too!

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[VIDEO] 5 Reasons Why The ‘Pizza Party Train’ is Awesome

I love ambush videos, especially if it puts smiles on people’s faces.

The above clip proves that pizza can be a force of good in the world. Here’s why that video is awesome:

1. C’mon, it’s New York pizza! No better pizza on the planet.
2. I grew up taking the subway in Manhattan and would never think to eat pizza while riding. (hi, germs.)
3. People make fun of me because I’m a New Yorker who folds my pizza. Trust me… I ain’t the only one.
4. As a product of two improv season classes, I approve. I had to dig up the post on Gothamist to make sure those guys really weren’t MTA officials.
5. Pizza as a smile-maker. They didn’t raise any money, but does it really matter in this case?

This bit by Improv Everywhere in New York apparently grew out of Charlie Todd‘s love for his neighborhood pizzeria. “I lived a block away from Pizza Suprema for 10 years,” he told Gothamist. “It’s awesome. Next time you’re in the Penn Station area give it a visit.”

We most certainly will.

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An Open Letter to Memories Pizza

Let’s rewrite the ending of the Memories Pizza saga, shall we?

I know what you’re thinking: “Will, why are you being nice to folks who openly showed discrimination to people just like you?”

Because we should ALL be talking to each other, even those we don’t agree with. My independent nature isn’t just a streak—it makes me who I am.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why people are raising money from those “in sympathy” to the situation, rather than joining together to see what people from all walks of life can do as one.

About a week ago I wrote a letter to the owners on Facebook:

“Hi there… my name is Will Pollock and I’m author of “Pizza for Good.” I’m an Atlanta-based freelance journalist, and was wondering if you’d seen my post, here:

http://wp.me/p317HC-gx

congratulations on a successful fund-raising campaign… I’ve been so frustrated by all the vitriol on both sides of this story, and I’d like to make an offer to you.

wouldn’t it be great to show an example of people who might disagree on philosophy and other points joining together to do something good for those less fortunate? “Pizza for Good” is all about unlocking the power of pizza as a community builder and money-raiser. Please have a look at the website and let me know what you think.

I’d love to come out there and do a book event, where we can invite all walks of life to support you, support a local charity of your choosing, make amends, and show that folks can come together even in the face of all the hype and weird people who’ve adopted the issue as their own.

Honestly, I don’t like the language used on either side and I’m betting you might agree with that point.

Anyway, think it over and let me know. have a fantastic day and just know that as a gay man I’m pulling for you guys to have all the success you can possibly achieve.

Will”

Please help me spread the word, and get this post in front of them. Folks in Indiana are kind and generous. They—and we—have it in us.  ❐

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