Category : Giving Back

A Dinner from the Heart

The culinary world in general is a small and intimate one, and in a town the size of Charlottesville, it’s akin to an extended family of sorts. Like most extended families, Charlottesville’s culinary clan can be dysfunctional or wild from time to time, but when faced with a tragedy within, ranks are closed and everyone […]

Easter at The Ivy Inn

It’s been a year since we moved to the Charlottesville area, and we celebrated yesterday, Easter Sunday, with new friends and great food at The Ivy Inn.  After attending a special “Swine and Dine” dinner at The Ivy Inn a while ago, Susan and I were invited back by Chef and Owner Angelo Vangelopoulos  for a […]

Mission Home

  About nine months ago Susan and I ventured out from our comfortable life in Arlington, Massachusetts, and landed in Free Union, Virginia.  In that period of time I’ve done a crazy amount of fly fishing, have returned to Africa with the non-profit One Voice Community, and have even managed a few photography jobs including […]

Chefs for Obama

Last night I had a chance to sample a bunch of different tasty bites at the Chefs for Obama event held at Cyclorama in the South End. It was a who’s who of Boston Chefs and some amazing food was served by all.  I also ran into Ashley Stanley of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Food Rescue, as […]

Lots of Love

With Squeeze’s Take me I’m Yours booming out of speakers, and acclaimed local Chef Ming Tsai sampling an Asian Sloppy Joe, The Ultimate Tailgate Party to benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls got underway on a beautiful night on the waterfront at Sam’s above Louis on the Fan Pier in Boston.  While a silent auction gathered names and donations […]

Project Have Hope Dinner Winner!

A week and a half ago I set out to gain some more exposure for a local photographer who works in Africa, and to give away a dinner for two at Henrietta’s Table in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square.  I’ve been delayed because of work but finally here is the announcement you’ve all been […]

Dinner for two at Henrietta’s Table giveaway!

Karen Sparacio is a talented local photographer who I’ve known for the better part of the last 15 years. In 2005 while volunteering in Uganda for a number of aid organizations, she was changed forever.  She returned to Boston after her short time in Uganda and created an organization to work with the women of […]

In Pursuit of Cheezus – Hill Farmstead Brewery

After a beautiful morning at Sherlburne Farms making cheddar cheese with Nat and Kate (see yesterday’s post), the pilgrimage of the Farmstead apostles continued along some heavily rutted and muddy back roads, to a place that “No Service” is the only thing my iPhone could report.  It is wet in northern Vermont now, with snow melting at a furious […]

In Pursuit of Cheezus – Shelburne Farms

There are at least a quarter of a million distinct English words according the Oxford English Dictionary online, and many of them are quite loaded, evoking a guttural feeling when used.  Cheezus isn’t in the OED, more on that later, but one that is, and for me smacks of an intense over the top emotion is the […]


When I started F2% it was out of the desire to share, to share images I was making and experiences that I was having.  To share with people who like me enjoy a farmers market more than a shopping mall, who would find intrigue on a dairy farm as well as in a professional kitchen. […]