By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas
A housewife fights hunger with bread art, a celebrity chef gives back and a rocker helps the homeless. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.
Teri Hatcher Fights Hunger One Piece of Bread Art at a Time
It’s not every celebrity who vows to help fight childhood hunger, “one piece of bread art at a time.” But according to a recent press release that’s “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher’s mission. Last weekend in Los Angeles she hosted the Bread Art Project, sharing lunch recipes and raising awareness of the plight of hungry kids in the U.S.
The event benefited the Bread Art Project, “an initiative created by the Grain Foods Foundation (a non-profit educating consumers about the health benefits of grains) to help increase awareness of the growing hunger problem in our country.”
For those who didn’t make the event, don’t despair. The Bread Art Project site is pretty cool. First visit the Workshops. Select the type of toast you’d like to use as your canvas from White, Wheat, Country Wheat and Oatmeal. Then choose your brush stroke style, size and level of darkness. Don’t worry, if you aren’t good at free hand toast art, you can choose from some preset patterns. For inspiration visit the Galleries. There you’ll find browned bread adorned with penguins, slogans like “Make Art Not War,” zebra strips and even the Titanic.
Visit the Bread Art Project website, create your own sketched slice and organizers will donate $1 to Share Our Strength. At this point donations are totaling over $3,000 so do your part and create a crispy canvas for a good cause.
Curtis Stone Recalls Giving on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
Curtis Stone is everywhere these days. He hosts “Top Chef Masters,” is a judge/investor on “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and was recently named NBC’s resident celebrity culinary king. But the Ausie first gained fame with American audiences as a competitor on “Celebrity Apprentice.” In a recent conference call interview he talked about his charity of choice — Feeding America.
Stone recounted, “I’ve been working with Feeding America since I got to the states. I actually used to cook Christmas dinner for the homeless when I lived in London and when I came to the states. I tried to find a similar charity and did so.”
His work with the organization is what sparked the idea for his participation on Donald Trump’s reality series. He recalled, “[I] was sitting around talking with David Arquette one night about different things that we could do, because David’s been really instrumental in building this celebrity base to the charity, and raising a whole lot of awareness and money for it.”
The possibility to compete on “Celebrity Apprentice” and raise awareness for Feeding America seemed to click. He explained, “I said, ‘Oh, why not’… I thought it would be fun until I wound up in a room with Bret Michaels and Bill Goldberg and Sharon Osbourne. And I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’”
In hindsight, Stone feels he made the right choice, “I actually quite enjoyed the experience. It was like playing a game every day. It was something different and… we’d have to sit across the table from Donald of course and listen to him swing his axe.”
Now Stone watches as the “Top Chef Masters” win big for their favorite philanthropic organizations. Tune in each Wednesday to see who they’ve chosen at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central on Bravo.
Bon Jovi Builds Housing for the Homeless
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi was on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the ground breaking for a new apartment complex for homeless youth in Philadelphia this week. The Covenant House was funded in part by Bon Jovi’s charitable entity The JBJ Soul Foundation.
The new Covenant House Rights of Passage building will consist of ten two-bedroom units, as well as a lounge, laundry room, computer lab and outdoor recreational space. It will serve as shelter for 20 homeless youths. While living there, residents must work 30 hours a week, take life skill classes, perform chores around the complex and do community service.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony Bon Jovi said, “It’s a victory over the issues that forced them into homelessness and economic despair. Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships like this, we can all support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”
Also making major contributions were the City of Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund, the Federal Home Loan Banks of Pittsburgh and New York, the Connelly Foundation, the David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust and individual supporters.