“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. “
~ Mother Teresa
As a Chef, I spend much of my time pondering and thinking creatively about food. How food grows, what it smells like, how to pair it with the perfect wine. I spend a lot of time thinking about what is in season, will it photograph well, is it organic, is it processed, is it free range, or grass fed? Every meal begins with the food, but ultimately cooking is an act of respect and love. I have a deep respect for the food, for it’s purpose to generate and sustain life. Through careful thought and mindful preparation, I express love to those I cook for. I know that cooking for them matters in nourishing their bodies and comforting their souls – feeding people matters … Never does this become more of a reality than when I feed the homeless.
I have the pleasure of serving alongside the people of North Hills Church in Brea at a local Lutheran Church. It is a family event, the five of us including eight year old Mikey. We arrive early and quickly begin making lemonade, cutting desserts, and setting the tables with flowers. We allow Mikey to write the menu and always have a job for his busy little hands. He enjoys serving dessert next to his sister. He passes out the desserts all the while hoping there will a piece left for him at the end of the evening.
The guests wait patiently for dinner to be served, and then one by one, they slowly move through the line. There you stand, face to face, serving food to people who don’t care about whether it is “sustainable”, “organic or locally grown”; they don’t care to know what restaurants I’ve cooked in. In that moment all that matters is that they are hungry and we are there to feed them, to show them that they matter, and most importantly that somebody cares.
The Fresh 20 has made a donation of $250 to North Hills Church. Thank you for all that you do.