Good Music, Good Food, Good Causes

On Sept. 3, 2015, Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Orchestra hosted the Taste Your Music benefit to raise money for three nonprofits working to fight hunger in the DC area: Miriam's Kitchen, Bread for the City and So Others Might Eat

At the benefit, each course and cocktail was specially crafted to complement a piece of classical music. 

Taste Your Music strives to examine the intersection of culinary arts and classical music. The goal is not only to partner with charitable organizations to help fight hunger, but to establish a "renewed commitment to socially conscious arts programming." 

Photographs by Joseph Simmons

Give a Slice

Here's a swell idea. Open a pizza shop. Sell slices for a dollar. Let customers pay for more than one slice (or however many they actually eat), then give those slices to homeless people for free. Sweet idea, yeah? 

That's what Mason Wartman did. The 27-year-old Philadelphian left his job on Wall Street to open Rosa's Fresh Pizza

The model is pretty simple. Pay for your slice and however many you want to donate. For each donated slice, a Post-It is stuck on a wall. A homeless person comes in, takes a Post-It, trades it for a slice of pizza. 

Here's Mason appearing on Ellen:

Obviously the feeding the hungry factor is a great one here, but as Mason points out, this model also treats the homeless customers with the same respect as any other customer. They aren't being handed leftovers waiting at the door, they aren't being shooed out, they're sitting and eating their pizza. 

It's not a solution, sure, but it's a good step in the right direction.