Our New Year’s Eve Gourmet ‘Pizza For Good’ Menu is Set!

For the 13th consecutive year, we’ll be gathering at my house in midtown Atlanta to ring in 2015 with lots of spiffy gourmet pizzas. We’ll be taking donations for Positive Impact and selling ARTvision pieces to close the year in style.

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We are eternally grateful to Baraonda Atlanta, which has graciously agreed to dough-nate again this year and is one of our official sponsors. Please make SURE to patronize this local restaurant—for locals and folks who come in from out of town. Special thanks to Baraonda manager Alin Cruceanu for always supporting us enthusiastically.

We have some our themed-pizza greatest hits, as well as a few new topping recipes as well. Here are the new ones:

the finished "Fun Tina"

the finished “Fun Tina”

Fun Tina
• Olive oil & lemon zest
• Fontina Cheese
• Caramelized shallots
• Crispy kale

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Asian glaze base for “East Meets West”

East Meets West
• Asian glaze
• Mac ‘n cheese bites
• Mozzarella

And some of our returning champions:

“Pesto Perfect,” “Closed on Sundays,” “The Carnivore,” “Lexstacy” and more!

Please consider making a donation in support of Positive Impact. You can click right to PI’s donation partner, Network for Good, by clicking here.

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Click logo to go directly to the PI donation page

 

In total, there are three ways you can get involved and support the mission:

1. Buy Pizza for Goodin print or in digital form. If you purchase the print version for $20 I’ll donate $5 to a charity of your choice.
2. Support Positive Impact directly. Any size donations welcome!
3. Purchase an ARTvision piece! For more on the selection, click here.

Happy New Year! Pictures, video and a recap coming soon.

Another 5-Star Amazon Review of PFG!

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“This book is a keeper,” says Kathy Segré of Pa. “Yummy and very creative pizza recipes and thought-provoking ideas for community-building and fund raising.”

Read the full review here. Thanks so much to Kathy!

Are you ready to review Pizza for Good on Amazon? Go for it!

Between Christmas & New Year’s Eve, A PFG Fund-raising Challenge

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

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

For those who celebrate, Christmas means many things to many people. I like to think of December 25th as a culminating day of giving back and starting to figure out what lies ahead in the coming year.

Here’s my way of finishing the year strong: buy Pizza for Good by Will Pollock in print on Etsy for $20, and I’ll give $5 to a charity of your choosing. This means that I still make some money from the sale of the book, and a deserving organization gets a token of goodwill from me before the end of the year.

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Is $5 a ton of scratch? Of course not. While most charities welcome donations of any size, every bit helps.

So, here’s how to play:

1. Jump on my Etsy page and place your order.

2. Mention in the notes which charity you’d like me to support and why.

3. I’ll update this post with each and every charity we support in the coming week.

4. This challenge ends on 2 Jan. 2015, so get cracking!

Hope you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season. We’re gearing up for another great New Year’s Eve pizza bash, so stay tuned for a recap.

Opening page in PFG's preface

Opening page in PFG’s preface

#QuotableMondays: Conflict Kitchen & Promoting Cultural Understanding

Can an food outlet actually double as an art project? In the case of Conflict Kitchen, yes. And it’s generated some important political conversations along with it.

The restaurant, located in Pittsburgh, serves up cuisine from countries with which the United States is in a state of conflict. That includes places like North Korea, Cuba and Iran, among others.

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all photos courtesy of Conflict Kitchen’s website

 

Here’s a piece I caught on BBC News that first got me thinking:

“Our goal is to create a larger discourse with the countries we’re in conflict with,” says Conflict Kitchen co-director Jon Rubin.

But it’s the post on their website that qualifies as Pizza for Good’s #QuotableMonday entry. A major kerfuffle erupted when CK passed out fliers with a recent Palestinian-food offering; some objected to the content being excessively pro-Palestinian. As a result, Heinz bowed to outside pressure and pulled funding.

“Promoting understanding is at the core of Conflict Kitchen’s mission. We have demonstrated this in the past by presenting the food, culture, and viewpoints of Iranians, Afghans, Cubans, North Koreans, and Venezuelans. We believe that presenting the viewpoints of Palestinians promotes understanding of Palestinians.

Protecting freedom of expression from the influence of biased media and powerful political and lobbying groups is essential for the cultural and political health of a democratic society. We are extremely upset that one of Pittsburgh’s most important arts and culture funders would disavow their grant to us when seemingly pressured by strong outside forces.”

No matter what your viewpoint is on this, it’s always important for all sides to keep talking. And that’s exactly what Conflict Kitchen is engendering. Bravo.

all photos courtesy of Conflict Kitchen's website

all photos courtesy of Conflict Kitchen’s website

#QuotableMondays: Truth is Like a Mosaic [World AIDS Day]

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On a day of reflection for the 26th commemoration of World AIDS Day, we kick off ARTvision Atlanta‘s fund-raising season with a quote from a new artist presenting this year in support of Positive Impact. Dee Ruff, in her submission statement, talked a bit about how positive change and illumination do not always come in an instant:

“Having worked for more than 17 years as a MSW in health care, and 7 years in Medical Massage Therapy, I would be honored for my mosaic art to benefit Positive Impact. I reluctantly retired early from a beloved career because of some health issues (now mostly resolved). Shortly after retiring, I unexpectedly discovered mosaic art.

Positive change can transform disappointment into contentment. Positive change can transform PI clients into a state of peacefulness, and it can happen piece by piece, just like a mosaic. One of my favorite quotes: ‘There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.'” (Anaïs Nin)

ARTvision got its start in 2006 as an offshoot of my annual New Year’s Eve gourmet-pizza celebration, and would launch its online fundraising every 1st of December. ARTvision, now a stand-alone event that culminates at the NYE party, has raised more than $50,000 for Positive Impact. And it all leads back to the power of the pie—bringing people together to make a difference.

Pizza for Good tells that story at great length, and gives you the tips and tricks to do it yourself at home, to build your own community.

(And if you buy it for the fun, yummy recipes nobody would blame you.)

Watch for more posts from me this month about the connection between ARTvision, pizza power, PFG and Positive Impact. ARTvision kicks off its 9th year of fund-raising today, and will continue throughout the month of December. (read more)