October is National Pizza Month. Let’s Celebrate!

Every October, we in these United States celebrate America’s fave dish. Like we need an excuse to eat pizza, right?

National Pizza Month means we focus on the nitty gritty of pie-making. So, in the spirit of encouraging you to buy the book, make your pizza fresh and help a worthy cause, here’s what you can expect this month:

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• a new recipe every few days, with pictures, video and full instructions
• two new episodes of my podcast, “The Pizza Dish
• reports on fun and interesting events, including the annual Slice Out Hunger in NYC
• and many other surprises!

If you have a recipe you’d like to share on the blog, please post it here in the comments or on the Facebook page. Cheers to delicious, gooey, foldable ‘za! — WP

Living Up to Philly’s Nickname ‘City of Brotherly Love’

(pictured above: Rosa’s Pizza owner Mason Wartman standing in front of gifted $1 post-it pizza coupons. photo credit: Mason Wartman via People.com)

Philadelphia has a very special joint called Rosa’s Pizza & Grill where patrons can purchase slices of pizza for homeless people for $1. To date, the restaurant has given away more than 10,000 slices of pizza. And some of the restaurant’s regulars have been able to pull themselves out of poverty to find work and a place to live.

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Take a few minutes and watch the Upworthy video. Inspiring example of good people doing great things. People magazine also did a nice write-up of the owner and the effort, which you can see here.

(Author note: the pizza place may be in Philly, but the owner is from New York and understands how good pizza is made.) 😉

[VIDEO] Amazing Showing in Bethel for SCOTTY Fund & ‘Pizza for Good’

So many folks to thank for helping pull together this video. In no particular order:

  • Rachel, Chris, Ethan & Spencer Brown
  • Kyle Bowman
  • Linda Anderson & SCOTTY Fund
  • Perry Anastasakis & Famous Pizza (#Doughnators)
  • Arno Hunter Myers
  • Our army of event volunteers in Bethel

Thanks for sharing this video with your network! I want to show everyone how successful this Chowfunding model can be.

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. ❏

Next Saturday: ‘Pizza for Good’ in Bethel, Conn. for SCOTTY Fund

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Our “Pizza for Good” event in Bethel, Conn., will be held next weekend!

 

More about SCOTTY Fund on their website:

The goal of the SCOTTY Fund is two-fold. First, to help erase the financial burden associated with a critical illness. Grant money is given to children for medical expenses, transportation and other ancillary costs associated with the illness. Secondly, to provide family support including nightly meals, child care, errand running and grocery shopping.

SCOTTY Fund has awarded nearly $1M in grants to those in need, which is awesome. Our event is up to nearly 50 guests and counting, so we’re hoping to add to the company’s totals.

We’ll be posting new recipes, photos, video and a full recap afterward. Please consider supporting Scotty Fund, here.

 

#QuotableMondays: Patricia Arquette Steals the Oscar Evening

You might call it an “Actor’s Barn-burner.”

At last night’s Oscar ceremony, Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress in a film called “Boyhood.” The film is basically unprecedented in that it was shot over a period of 12 years with the same cast members. (read more)

But it was her speech that charged up the room. She said “the time is now” for wage equality for women in America. Meryl Streep, whom Arquette had just beat in the category, leapt out of her chair as she sat next to a very clap-happy JLo. Not everyone was pleased with her comments, that’s for sure.

The #QuotableMonday moment was not up at the Oscar podium, but rather, something she mentioned on the red carpet: GiveLove.org. She’s spoke passionately about it in a red carpet interview, so I decided to dig a bit deeper. Among many other mission points, the organization advocates and works in developing nations to devise better composting and eco sanitation practices.

The irony, at least to me, is our own situation in this country. We waste a tremendous amount of food, and much of it rots in landfills, which in turn releases methane. From the National Resource Defense Council:

“The average American consumer wastes 10 times as much food as someone in Southeast Asia, up 50 percent from Americans in the 1970s. This means there was once a time when we wasted far less, and we can get back there again. Doing so will ultimately require a suite of coordinated solutions, including changes in supply-chain operation, enhanced market incentives, increased public awareness and adjustments in consumer behavior.

The U.S. government should conduct a comprehensive study for food losses in our food system and establish national goals for food waste reduction. One key action will be to standardize and clarify the meaning of date labels on food so that consumers stop throwing out items due to misinterpretation. A waste reduction organization in the United Kingdom has estimated this type of clarification could prevent about 20 percent of wasted food in households.”

Source: National Resource Defense Council

Source: National Resource Defense Council

Household and business composting would solve a lot of these issues, but we also have to change our behavior and purchase practices as well. I compost at home here in Atlanta and I wish more folks did it, because rotting food waste accounts for nearly 25% of national methane emissions.

For us in a developed nation, few people are talking about food waste and the consequences to us as a society. For developing nations, though, some of the basic things we take for granted like sewers and sanitation don’t exist.

Quoting the group’s mission direct from the GiveLove.org website:

• To introduce low-cost compost toilets in order to reduce disease and provide dignity for people living without basic sanitation
• To reduce reliance on chemical fertilizers by producing organic compost products that can improve soil and improve food security
• To teach people how to compost organic wastes and protect water resources
• To change attitudes about human waste & increase awareness about sustainable land-use practices
• To promote EcoSan and composting as viable solutions to water-based sanitation systems

Pizza for Good is based upon the notion that it’s in our nature to give back—to our communities, to charity or people less fortunate. PFG gives you a fun and effective way to do it, too. So what are you waiting for? buy now

I’m going to have a number of exciting announcements soon, so stay tuned! ❐

Pizza for Good: Buy it for recipes, use it for community