Does Posting Pictures of Food Send the Wrong Message?

Does Posting Pictures of Food Send the Wrong Message?

I have this growing concern about one aspect of the food movement in America. In so many respects, the dialogue about healthy food, access to food and food waste has been a joy to be part of, and I think our shared work elevating these issues has been a game-changer in most American cities. But one aspect has gotten a little out of control. In today’s Los Angeles Times there’s an article titled “Sharing your food photos? Make that dish look as good as it tastes“, complete with a set of instructions of how to… Continue reading »

Talking Truth with Tavis

Talking Truth with Tavis

For the first month I was out here, I was laying low in L.A. NOT being idle, mind you…just waiting for the right (and respectful) time to reveal the role we intend on playing; both in the city, and in the larger, global debate about poverty, aging, hunger and change. In the past week, I started stepping out, first at Homeboy Industries, where I spoke about the ways the L.A. Kitchen will use food to empower, uplift and enage…and then with Tavis Smiley, a man I met a few years back when he and Dr…. Continue reading »

The Power of Food

The Power of Food

On March 16th, 1968, I was 9 years old and living in Southern California. I was not only anticipating my upcoming 10th birthday in June, I was also slowly coming to see the world as it was. It was at that pivotal moment that Sen. Robert Kennedy arrived in California to meet with Caesar Chavez, who had been on a 25 day fast to draw attention to the reality of the squalor in which migrant farm workers and their families lived, so that others could enjoy the bounty of the Central Valley. I was reminded… Continue reading »

Launching The L.A. Kitchen

Launching The L.A. Kitchen

OK…so to recap. I’ve left DC after 40 years of living everyday fast, hard and fun. I said good-bye to the DC Central Kitchen…and 1/2 the city at what had to have been the most kick-ass farewell party ever. I mean really…who has members of Fugazi and The Cramps play in their party band…or gets a million dollar check to launch their new business??!   And with a send off like that, I didn’t waste NO time hitting the road (after I traded in my old boots for new).   I blazed a hot trail… Continue reading »

Pointing the Way at the Presidio

Pointing the Way at the Presidio

I was in San Francisco to witness the annual running of the rock stars of love, known to many as The Purpose Prize–and extravaganza of excellence, impact and importance, which highlights the achievements of people over 60 who are terrorizing normal. It is put on by Encore Careers, a hardcore bunch–true mercenaries of meaning, who are led by one of my favorite people EVER, Marc Freedman—a dear man, whose heart contains immeasurable love, and whose brain is the Ft Knox of the Future (don’t let the soft guy routine fool you–dude’s the Hulk Hogan of… Continue reading »