The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Today’s something good is barbecue.
Dave Grohl, previously of Nirvana and currently of the Foo Fighters, is a legendary musician and barbecue aficionado. He also is an all-around good guy. After he broke his leg falling off the stage during a show, he started experimenting with barbecue. Cooking for his family wasn’t enough, so he started Backbeat BBQ, his own catering business.
He didn’t want to open a restaurant, instead opting to serve his food to people in need, wherever they may be, according to Bon Appétit. He wanted to “pull up to a Slayer show or a Harley dealership or a church or the L.A. Food Bank benefit and cook. It’s kinda cool that I’m able to do that.” He served fire fighters during the Malibu wildfires a few years ago.
During the winter storms in California at the end of February, Dave and a few friends rolled up with his huge smoker (and lots of brisket, ribs, and pork butt and all the fixings to make a meal) to the Hope the Mission Trebek Center Shelter in Los Angeles, according to WFLA. He and his buddies prepped the meat, then stay up all night smoking it to perfection for the hundreds of homeless who are served by the shelter Alex Trebek sponsored.
Dave stayed to serve the shelter’s 500 clients after cooking for 24 hours and graciously took pictures with the folks who recognized him.
While he was there, Dave also helped promote the faith-based shelter’s fundraising efforts – a 350 miles run from Los Vegas to Los Angeles to raise $350,000 to keep the shelter running and help the homeless, per Good Morning America.
Dave told Bon Appétit, “The process of making music is a lot like cooking for a crowd: You create a recipe as you would a song. You prepare a meal as you would record in a studio. And you serve it as you would perform live. When people come back for seconds, well, that’s your encore.”
Music, barbecue, and helping those in need are good. When they are all combined, they become something good indeed.
Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!