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Meet The Chef Who Has Fed Millions Of Children Free Pasta For Over A Decade

One of the country’s most renowned fine dining restaurants has to be the Anaheim White House. This opulent Italian steakhouse and its celebrity chef, Bruno Serato, has been recognized with James Beard awards and more for its delicious take on Italian fare with a slight French twist.

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Serato hasn’t had it easy over the past couple of years, however. In February 2017, the Anaheim White House suffered over $1 million in damages in an electrical fire, causing the restaurant to shutter for over a year as it rebuilt. It’s been reborn exactly the way it was before, though, and Serato has kept the menu and his mission consistent the entire time.

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That’s included his philanthropic work with Caterina’s Club, an organization named after Serato’s mother that provides over 4,000 meals a day across 29 different cities. Serato kept that work going even while his kitchen was being reconstructed, and to date has helped provide nearly 3 million pasta meals in need.

All of this happened while his organization trained over 100 children in the hospitality industry and helped close to 200 homeless families move into a safe home.

With the White House now back up and running, Serato hasn’t changed a single thing about day-to-day operations. The pasta dinners that will feed thousands are still prepared in the same kitchen space as his extravagant menu, showcasing his commitment to both high-quality food and giving back to the community that’s supported his rebuild.

You can learn the full account of Serato’s inspirational story and drool over some of his specialties, including an exquisite poached salmon with white chocolate mashed potatoes, in the above episode of Foodbeast’s Taste The Details.


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Foodbeast Is Donating Proceeds From ‘Family Dinner’ To Less Fortunate

Foodbeast’s mission is obvious—we strive to offer value to our audience via the food-centric entertainment and information we provide via our food news stories, recipe videos, miscellaneous eating adventures, and of course, #foodporn. Some people are familiar with us from a mixture of all of these, while some know us best for one single channel. Above everything, you should know our hearts and souls lie with foodit’s what wakes us up in the morning, and it’s what sweetly tucks us into our beds every night.

We aren’t very into the idea of taking the food on our plates for granted, because at the end of the day, we know that there are individuals in this world who can hardly even pay for their groceries. These same individuals do not have the means to keep their children in school regularly. These same individuals cannot even afford a home. And even more, these individuals are living right in our own backyard.

Being based in Santa Ana, we are incredibly aware of how many are affected by homelessness in our beloved Orange County. It hurts to see your own community, your own family, in such a painful situation. Hence, this is the premise for our Foodbeast Family Dinner series—we wanted to somehow bring together our community, our family, to show support for those who are struggling each and everyday just to make ends meet. And it just so happens that food is the perfect way to bring people together.

We knew that we wanted to specifically benefit the Project Hope Alliance for our first philanthropic dinner, as the Costa Mesa-based non for profit organization has worked tirelessly to end the cycle of homelessness for children and their families in Orange County for over 25 years. We also knew that Chef Linh Nguyen would be able to create the perfect menu for the evening, one built around a comfortable, family-style palette, yet was very much “Foodbeast-worthy.”

Now all that’s left is bringing our community—our family—together, at the dinner table. We cordially invite you to be a part of our family too, and show your support and strength for those who need it most. See the details of the dinner below:

Who: Foodbeast x Chef Linh Nguyen x Project Hope Alliance x Melissa’s Produce x Goose Island Beer Co.
What: Foodbeast Family Dinner, Volume One (benefitting Project Hope Alliance)
Where: Foodbeast Studio Kitchen in the 4th Street Market
When: Saturday, July 2, 2016 (two sessions: 5pm and 8pm)
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Korean BBQ Style 6 Minute Scotch Egg

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KBBQ makes everything better, even the incredible, edible egg. Welcome to Flavor Town, y’all.


Cajun Gumbo Pot Pie

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Southern Comfort, comfortably concealed within a humble pot pie. There’s also just a hint of kick to keep things spicy.


Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf Moco Loco

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You’re definitely going to want to hop on this Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf Moco Loco-motive. Next stop: the gravy train.

Grilled Peach Bread Pudding with Sticky Toffee Caramel & Toasted Meringue

Apologies for not having some visuals here, but we’re pretty sure you can only imagine what this dirty ditty is going to look/taste like—HEAVEN.

 

 

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Dumped Before Her Wedding, Bride Turns Reception Into Dinner For The Homeless

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When a groom got cold feet before his wedding, his bride-to-be donated her special day to the homeless.

Dana Olsen, 29, was faced with a difficult situation on what would have been one of the most memorable days of her life. Olsen and her fiance, who were both born in Seattle, planned to say their vows to one another at Sodo Park, a fancy hall venue they booked together for their wedding day in Seattle.

According to the Seattle Times, the entire reception had been paid for and the preparations were ready, however, when the groom got cold feet, Olsen was forced to call off the wedding. Unable to request a refund, Olsen decided to give her special day away to homeless families.

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Olsen remained positive and told her best friend and maid of honor, Katie McCary:

“I’m going to have a bad day. Other people might as well have a good night.”

Many of the needy families in attendance at the reception were from Mary’s Place, a homeless shelter and non-profit. A team of hair stylists and make-up artists from Lala’s Cuts salon in Queen Anne generously provided make-overs for those attending the charity event. Nearly 100 homeless individuals and their families were invited to the reception that included a delicious feast, a live band and dancing.

Olsen said her family was dumbfounded as to why the wedding was called off. McCary said the bride-to-be was “devastated” by the turn of events, but that “she is very strong.”

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With an entire non-refundable wedding reception on her hands, Dana asked her mother, Karen Olsen, to donate it to the neediest. Her mother said of her daughter:

“I’m proud of her.”

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The family got the idea of providing the special evening for the homeless from Olsen’s father who volunteers as a cook at Compass Center shelter. Turning down her girlfriends’ suggestion to go partying on Saturday, Olsen decided to go hiking on the six-mile Crest Trail with her father in Palm Springs, California.

Her mother told the Times:

“He’s a big teddy bear. He’s the perfect guy for her to be with today.”

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6 Philanthropic Food Companies Worthy Of Your Support

People who need people are the luckiest people? More like people who feed people. In this cynical world of online bullying and drone strikes, it restores our faith in humanity to know that someone actually cares. Let’s take a look at some of the forward-thinking foodies doing their best to lend a hand.

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philly has an entirely fresh take on how to feed the homeless: the restaurant allows customers to pre-purchase a slice for someone in need, then stick a Post-it on the wall to represent their contribution. Anyone who’s hungry can come in and redeem the Post-it for a free slice, giving them a tasty option and letting them know where their next meal is coming from. And with slices that cost a dollar a piece you can’t go wrong, letting you help out a few people in need and get your fill with a five spot.

Homeboy Industries/Dave’s Killer Bread

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Both of these companies are trying to turn lives around first hand with their employment practices. LA’s Homeboy Industries offers a safe and productive space for former gang members and ex-convicts to seek employment; Dave’s Killer Bread has been empowering ex-convicts (who make up about 30 percent of their workforce) in a similar fashion. The end goal is to help reduce recidivism rates (basically, where privatized prison companies try to continue making money by retaining repeat offenders). Meanwhile, these companies are also turning out delicious food stuffs.

Whole Foods

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When not charging $6 for asparagus water, Whole Foods is actually doing quite a bit to support community enrichment. For starters, all the food from their buffets gets donated to local food banks to help feed the less-fortunate. Secondly, the swanky supermarket chain holds “5% days,” where five percent of a given day’s proceeds go directly to help a local nonprofit or educational organization.

Hearty Start

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These New York altruists combine their big hearts with a hearty breakfast. The idea came to founder Teddy Fitzgibbons when a homeless man asked him for the rest of his breakfast sandwich. Realizing how simple and cost effective it would be to take care of this one meal a day, he began accepting donations to serve breakfast sandwiches to those in need. Anyone can visit their website to donate a meal plan, which ensures that homeless people throughout the city will receive a breakfast sandwich through one of Hearty Start’s trusted partners.

The Oregon Public House

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No amount of charity can undo the remorse of drinking too much in a night, but The Oregon Public House will at least relieve your guilt over not giving back. Of course there are prices, but the company donates all of their proceeds to a local charity of your choosing while you’re boozing. Now, that’s something to toast to.

SAME Cafe

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The SAME Cafe (SAME being an acronym for “So All May Eat”) has a very affordable menu—customers are allowed to pay whatever they can afford. The idea is that everyone deserves a decent meal, and anyone down on their luck can donate their time to help keep the Cafe running. Of course if you can afford to pay, it’s nice to kick in a little extra to make sure that the less-fortunate have something to eat.