Why I’m running the Boston Marathon
Mimi’s Party Potatoes
My Grandmother made party potatoes every thanksgiving. This twice baked casserole full of butter, sour cream and cream cheese wouldn’t even make it to leftovers once my brothers and I had our fill. This continues to be a staple of family gatherings, evoking memories of Mimi while sharing delicious foods with loved ones around the table.
Love & Truffles
Trying to impress a girl, I took her out to dinner a new restaurant in town. It turns out I had a friend back in the kitchen; towards the end of our evening, an extra course came to our table: a simple preparation of scrambled eggs topped with razor thin slices of the coveted white Alba Truffle. In addition to being the most amazing thing we have ever tasted, the surprise truffle course made us feel so special - and while I don’t know if the truffles were directly responsible, I did eventually convince my date to marry me.
Wandering through side streets in Mexico City, my wife and I encountered an alleyway filled with stalls, selling everything from traditional clothing to cheap plastic kitchenware. As we picked our way through, we came across a table with three women, spanning generations, making tamales. We placed our order in halting Spanish and hand gestures, as the youngest woman ushered us to two plastic stools for us to sit on. We unwrapped the steaming corn husks and ate the piping hot tamales, taking in the sights and sounds of this small corner of an enormous city.
I have loved food for as long as I can remember, and worked with food for my entire career. I have been a dishwasher, a server, a captain, a chef, a manager; in every role, I have helped to cultivate joyful experiences between people and food. My favorite moments in my career have been when I can make a special connection with others through food - seeing how what we eat can tap the deepest core of emotions, entice memories, or make new ones, through breaking bread together. I now fulfill my passion for sharing food and all its emotional weight as the Operations Manager for Lovin’ Spoonfuls.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls is dedicated to the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. We pick up wholesome, perishable food from grocery stores, produce wholesalers, farms and farmers markets, and distribute it to more than 140 community nonprofits that feed Greater Boston’s hungry. We work to bridge the gap between abundance and need.
We focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, dairy, and whole grains because we believe that good food should be a right, not a privilege, and that everyone deserves access to fresh, nutritious food.
What we do:
- More than 11 Million pounds of food rescued to date - that's 60,000 pounds of food each week!
- We work with over 140 non profit agencies, serving 30,000 people weekly.
Why we do it:
- 40 percent of all food produced in the United States goes to waste.
- Meanwhile, 40 million Americans are food insecure.
- More than 600,000 people (1 in 10) in Massachusetts are food insecure, including more than 200,000 children.
- Reducing food losses by just 30% would be enough food to feed more than 50 million Americans every year.
Finally, on a personal note, I was working the busy Marathon monday service at L’Espalier in 2013 when we heard an explosion near the finish line. The second blast, directly across the street from the restaurant, shook the windows and walls. We worked to evacuate the restaurant quickly, assisted the spectators, family members, and runners attempting find their loved ones, and tried to come to terms with what just happened. I will never forget the horror of that day - but I will also never forget the bravery shown, the kindness shared, and the outpouring of love and support from across the state and country in the days and weeks that followed.
I am running the 123rd Boston marathon on Behalf of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Please support my run by making a donation today.
- $500 provides 1,200 meals
- $100 provides 240 meals
- $50 provides 120 meals
- $25 provides 60 meals
On April 15th 2019, I will cross the finish line knowing that your contribution will help Lovin’ Spoonfuls serve the families, neighborhoods, and community organizations that make us #BostonStrong