Posts Tagged ‘Farm Aid’

Red Hot Do-Gooders

While I’m working on banishing fast food from my diet, I have to admit a fondness, well, actually a weakness, for Chipotle. Especially when I was working in New York and Mexican food was impossible to find, it was a mainstream substitute that satisfied my cravings on some level. I had a co-worker who swore the tortilla alone was enough calories for a day’s meals (it’s actually only 290 calories…but that’s BEFORE there is anything on or in it), yet I couldn’t wrap my head around the whole burrito bowl thing–if I was going, I was going whole hog (as in Carnitas).

Chipotle does do a few things very very right. The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation has contributed over two million dollars to fund initiatives that support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education. Some of the organizations they get behind include: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Veggie U (changing children’s food habits one classroom at a time), Family Farmed, Farm Aid, and The Land Institute.

So while I now live in Southern California with quality Mexican food widely available…if I hear the un-ignorable call of a Burrito Barbacoa, I don’t have to feel insanely guilty…except for the having to run a zillion miles to burn off the calories. It beats so many of the alternatives.

Neil Young—MusiCares Person of the Year

MusiCares is the charitable arm of the Grammys organization, providing critical assistance for music people in times of need. The services they provide cover personal, musical, and financial crises, and they also work to focus the music industry on other human service issues.

On January 29, MusiCares has their annual charity event honoring the Person of the Year, in 2010 that’s Neil Young. Young’s “Heart of Gold” and philanthropy have been admired by the recording industry for many years. He was one of the founding fathers of Farm Aid and also does annual benefit concerts for a school he and wife Pegi sponsor that caters to children with severe speech and physical impairments.

The evening’s tribute concert boasts an all-star lineup with performances by Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Jack Black, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Everest, Patty Griffin, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, k.d. lang, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Leon Russell, James Taylor, and Wilco.

Proceeds from the annual GRAMMY Week gala dinner and concert honoring Young will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical and personal need.