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Just Hours Left to Support Superior Motors Community Restaurant and Farm Ecosystem

http://kck.st/189WnyE  click the KICKSTARTER link to get the latest update.

Upped my pledge and watched the numbers change!  Great idea Jen S.

11:06 update Sunday night

1,426backers
$234,358 pledged of $250,000 goal
24 hours to go

p.s. 10:51 update Sunday night- I  have to go to bed to get up for school   Looks like it is going to be “a go” for sure.  Very exciting.

1,408 backers
$232,558 pledged of $250,000 goal
25 hours to go

7:05 PM update Sunday night

1,139 backers
$206,883 pledged of $250,000 goal
28 hours to go

Thanks to my former colleague Jane McK – the one who initially shared a link about this project.

The 1000 donor mark was reached this afternoon.

The clock is ticking down but pledges have increased as of today.  People want to be a part of something positive.  Although my pledge was modest, I thought that blogging about the incredible effort being made would be another way to contribute.

I received a message from the KICKSTARTER update about using whatever networks you have to get the word out.  I’d posted the request on FB a couple of times.  Then I thought, BLOG IT!

I know even blog readers in South Africa, Australia, the UK and  Croatia will cheer Chef Sousa on in spirit and hope his goal is reached by midnight tomorrow night.   No bank will lend the money necessary due to the location!

Trying to reach the $250,000 goal for the

Superior Motors: Community Restaurant & Farm Ecosystem

and getting close.  There’s a deadline!  11:59 PM Monday January 6th

It will mean a lot to the Braddock community to have Chef Kevin Sousa’s restaurant supported and launched.

What Kevin posted earlier this afternoon

“We are humbled and proud to announce the support of Rob Stephany of The Heinz Endowments who has graciously committed $40,000 towards the job training facet of Superior Motors if we are able to reach our fundraising goal of $250,000. Therefore, if successful, we would have nearly $300,000 to put towards the project with an extra $40,000 committed expressly to training young people to work in the culinary arts.

“Rob is a living, working legend in economic development. To have his support is beyond humbling. Kevin and I are incredibly honored and grateful.” – Mayor John Fetterman

Superior Motors also recently secured a prominent mention in one of the premier food publications in the nation, Food & Wine Magazine.”  click Build a Restaurant Revive a Town

Here’s the KICKSTARTER link

And a sample from the KICKSTARTER site- pledge amount with what you will receive in return for your pledge

Pledge $100 or more 89 backers    (Long-Distance Supporter)
Limited edition Braddock T-shirt “Build it Back up” on the front “Rebuilding 15104″ on the back, designed by Braddock Youth Project + Exclusive access to an online gallery of Mathew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge

or

FLY in for this one

“Pledge $3,000 or more    1 backer

Dinner at home with Kevin Sousa. Chef Sousa will prepare a custom designed tasting menu for you and up to three guests in the convenience of your own home (only available in greater Pittsburgh area). We take care of everything including clean up + Signed and numbered 11×14 fine art print of your choice from Matthew Hodgman’s Braddock Gallery delivered to you+ Exclusive access to an online gallery of Matthew Hodgman high resolution Braddock photographs which will be available to do with as you wish + Our gratitude displayed on the Superior Motors website + A huge thank you on our Facebook page + A personalized tweet commemorating your pledge + Your name on our dedication wall for all of those in support of this project.

Estimated delivery: Apr 2014″
 

When Ann’s son, Aaron Myers had an art show at the UnSmoke Systems Artspace across the parking lot, I took this photograph.  You can see the words MOTOR CO. on the brick building on the left.  That’s the location of the Superior Motors Community Restaurant.

Superior Motors Braddock


It’s Cold Outside!

This is the first meal I ate in Zagreb when I visited Matty.  I must have had the spoon in my hand when I took the photo?

Thought this bowl of hot soup looked inviting for this way below freezing January night. I shot all those vacation pics with a Canon 20D and I miss that camera.  The shutter eventually failed and I even had it repaired but it failed again.  I just liked that camera.

 

 

Chicken Soup


The Cigar Maker

We went to dinner at Havana Alma de Cuba on Christopher Street in the West Village.  Mary ordered the Hemingway- mussels, shrimp, calamari, scallops in a green sauce.  I had the green plantain crusted red snapper, avocado  and sofrito sauce with black beans and yellow rice.  Flan for dessert.

Right next to our table in the front of the restaurant, a man came with a wooden box, a press, some tools. Tools for cigar making.

He unfurled large leaves of tobacco and began to roll cigars and cut them. The insides were in the wooden molds.

His hands were a blur.  I asked if I might photograph him and he agreed.  He told us the leaves were from the Dominican Republic.  The cigar pile grew.  As we prepared to leave he gave us a few cigars and matches in a bag which I gave to my son for some celebration or occasion.  Our grandfather smoked cigars on the front porch when I was a kid.  The smell of cigar smoke is strong but nostalgic.  One whiff and I can be in that memory. See him in a straw hat. No one was smoking cigars on Tuesday night but it was fascinating to watch the hands of a master roll and cut them.

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Carmela Baked All These Breads for St. Joseph Feast Day

Tuesday afternoon I met a friend for dinner. We used to teach in the same school but are in different schools across the city now. It was good to catch up.  When we walked into the restaurant,La Tavola Italiana, I could not believe what I saw in front of me!  A St. Joseph Feast spread from the day before.  Later Carmela came out to speak with us about how we were enjoying our dinners and she was taking photos with her iPad to send to her family. She uses the iPad to keep the restaurant calendar for parties and other aspects of her business.

I asked if she made the St. Joseph Cavazunes filled with the chick peas and she said, “NO, they are Calabrese.” She is Sicilian and she makes Zeppoles.

I said that I’d photographed all the bread and would send her the photos but would she like to pose with all her handiwork and she did!  I didn’t notice she put the iPad down onto the cloth in front until I saw it on the computer. She was gracious to allow me to photograph her. NEXT year we have to go to actual feast!  It sounded like a terrific party.

And speaking of party?  Click to hear Chicago John’s Italian Song Selection


Elegant and Delicious: Spoon

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A classy restaurant we’ve driven by on a daily basis but never stopped to dine.

Celebrating 19 years- our unanniversary- a solid friendship and steadfast companionship, not sure where all that time has gone but there we were in East Liberty and we headed to SPOON.  

What we ate-   the service was excellent and even though we weren’t ordering up the Foie Gras or the Tasting Menu or a Magnum of Champagne, they treated us hospitably and did not make us feel out of place as we were “walk-ins” and didn’t have reservations which would be a good idea for future visits.

Breadbasket: warm cream cheese chive biscuits/baguette and warm muffins

garden vegetable baby mix green salad: Golden Harvest Farm baby mix greens, fresh garden vegetables, champagne vinaigrette

Spoon burger:  8 oz. Kobe beef, aged white cheddar cheese, parmesan + herb fries, challah bun

Too full for the desserts but they sounded wonderful.

 


Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville

Butternut squash and leek risotto for the main course. Ordered the house salad first and excellent dressing arrived in the cruet.  Delicious and not too crusty bread.  We didn’t have a reservation but you can call Piccolo-Forno . We were lucky we got a table right away. No wait.  It was bustling. Only drawback the surfaces reflect the din so it’s a bit loud.  Food and service very good.  To read a review click here.

Tuscan food in Lawrenceville.

Everything was delicious!

very good!


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