Armed with a caravan of cooks, mobile pits, kitchens and volunteers, Operation BBQ Relief delivers the healing power of BBQ in times of need, feeding first responders and communities affected by natural disasters
Operation BBQ Relief has been deployed to feed victims and first responders. This is a massive deployment of semi-trucks, tents, and equipment. Church and civic groups can call and request meals “in bulk” to be picked up as well after calling hotline. Individual meals are being served at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.
Operation BBQ Relief is scheduled to cook upwards of 60,000 meals daily with the setup of the size of two football fields in Port Charlotte, FL. They plan to serve meals for at least 2 weeks as over one million homes are still without power. To support or volunteer go to https://operationbbqrelief.org/
All bulk meal orders need to be in increments of 50. These are bulk meals. We do not supply clamshells or utensils. Operation BBQ Relief does not provide individual meals at the cook site to ensure the safety of our volunteers and maintain the flow of traffic when bulk meals are picked up for distribution.
To support or volunteer go tohttps://operationbbqrelief.org/
- Operation BBQ Relief has meals they are serving Port Charlotte; Fort Meyers, Bradenton, and other surrounding cities.
- Operation BBQ Relief has brought semi-trucks, RV’s, tents, and equipment and have a set up upwards the size of two football fields.
- We have the capacity with all our equipment operating to serve 60,000 hot meals each day. Our team is comprised of world champion pitmasters and chefs so the food is delicious and nutritious.
- BBQ brings feelings of comfort and hope as one of America’s favorite pastimes.
- They serve first responders and communities in need.
- They have a warehouse in Tampa, staff members throughout Florida, and staff and volunteers throughout the country that have deployed to Florida to share the healing power of BBQ.
- To volunteer or donate, visit www.OBR.org
Individual Meals served daily at noon each day:
Charlotte Sports Park
(spring training site for MLB team, TB Rays)
2300 El Jobean Rd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
If your organization, church, school or neighborhood is in need of bulk meals (50 servings or more), please call our food hotline at: 386-222-2756.
Operation BBQ Relief Background
- Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for tornado relief efforts in Joplin, MO.
- Competitive pitmasters from eight different states answered the call to feed displaced families and first responders.
- Together, they were able to serve over 120,000 meals in a thirteen-day period following the Joplin tornado. This experience of building a network to feed individuals in need has been the inspiration for Operation BBQ Relief.
- To date, Operation BBQ Relief has provided 9.5 million meals throughout the United States and internationally following natural disasters and through The Always Serving Project, benefiting the homeless, first responders, veterans, and members of the military
- Over 4.5 million meals served in response to COVID-19
- We have deployed over 80 times since 2011 when we showed up to help after Joplin, Missouri was decimated by a tornado.
Last deployment:Hazard, Kentucky (Flooding) / 129,664 meals over 31 days.
On July 28th devastated communities across several counties. Operation BBQ Relief was immediately on the ground less than 24 hours after the flood to meet with local officials to assess need, survey sites, and determine safety for the Operation BBQ Relief team to arrive. Behind the scenes, Operation BBQ Relief was in constant communication with local, state, and national agencies to strategically serve the hard hit areas. It’s a herculean effort.
We are grateful for the volunteers from 24 states that helped us serve 98,464 meals over 27 days in Eastern Kentucky. We love hearing from our new friend Veronica about the impact of sharing the healing power of BBQ. Turn up the volume and listen to Veronica as she beautifully highlights why our mission is so important.
Events For October
The Statue of Liberty’s birthday, Oktoberfest, Open House New York, pumpkins, Halloween and more wait for your attention this October.
Events this month include:
- An intimate “Evening with Brian Stokes Mitchell” (October 5).
- 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition (October 14 and 15)
- Actress and creator of the “Red Table Talk” series Jada Pinkett Smith (October 16).
Magic Hour at the Moxy Times Square, 485 7th Ave, has pink theme’s right now it’s “Pink Pumpkin Patch.”
Open Streets Columbus Avenue, every Sunday from 68th to 77th street from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- October 1, 2023
- October 8, 2023
- October 15, 2023
- October 22, 2023
- October 29, 2023
Until 10/15: Hispanic Heritage Month. Look for parades, events, film festivals, and more.
Until 10/31: OctoberFest the Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie) will be serving sausages and pretzels as well as German beer from liter steins and boots. On Sundays at 3 p.m., there’s a delicious free pig roast. There’s also a haunted beer garden starting on 10/18.
Until, 11/1: The Color Factory has 14 immersive exhibits that engage all the senses in an exploration of the art and science of color. The museum works with local artists, designers and creatives to bring the designs to life. This Soho immersive art museum will present Haunted Hues, a Halloween-themed takeover.
Until 11/4: Blood Manor, haunted house’s 20th season at 359 Broadway. This year three new rooms, and brand-new costumes by designers from Abracadabra, Manhattan’s iconic Halloween store. Immersive experience, professional actors, set designers and makeup artists, with twisted characters and jumpscares at every turn.
Until 1/7/24: Manet/Degas, this exhibition examines one of the most significant artistic dialogues in modern art history: the close and sometimes tumultuous relationship between Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas. Born only two years apart, Manet (1832–1883) and Degas (1834–1917) were friends, rivals, and, at times, antagonists who worked to define modern painting in France. Through more than 150 paintings and works on paper.
10/3: Rooftop Cinema Club Midtown, 60 West 37th Street, will present Mean Girls, Rosemary’s Baby, Paranormal, The Exorcist, The Shining, American Psycho and other cult classics as well as Hocus Pocus and Halloween.
10/4 – 11/11:”Dreams of Dracula: An Immersive Masquerade Experience” recreates the classic Dracula universe as a brand new vampire theatrical adventure. Head to Musica NYC, 637 West 50th Street. Two floors and six rooms across 25,000 square feet for a heady mix of immersive theater, dance and decadent masquerade.
10/ 5 – 6: NYC pop-up “Love Me (Bar)Tender,” with Elvis-themed cocktails, music from Memphis bands and a photobooth. It’s sold out, but sign up here to get alerts.
10/6 – 8: The New Yorker Festival. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Misty Copeland and more. Live conversations, musical performances, and more, hosted by the magazine’s acclaimed writers and editors. The Festival brings together today’s most influential voices for a one-of-a-kind event in New York City.
10/12 – 15: The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival has 80-plus events that include more than 500 chefs from around the world. Tastings, classes, dinners, late-night parties, drag brunches and demonstrations. Across the boroughs. This year, The Cookout, will celebrate hip-hop’s 50th Anniversary.
10/17 – 31: Black Lagoon is a Halloween pop-up cocktail bar at Pretty Ricky’s (101 Rivington Street). The experience features a curated cocktail menu of eerie Halloween-themed drinks created by Ramage and Hayes, macabre dens festooned with frightfully fun decor.
10/20- 27: Open House New York Weekend Festival. Access the city’s main buildings for 3 days. All sorts of buildings can be visited, from the very historic to modern apartments or industrial buildings that are scattered all over the five boroughs. There will be tours, lectures, performances and events around the meaning of architecture and urban design. All the information about this cool event can be found here.
10/27: The Balloon Museum is officially set to take over Pier 36 at The Seaport in 80,000-square-foot space, and is scheduled to run through January 14, 2024. You can expect a 4,000-square-foot ball pit, inflatable lava lamps and the sorts of infinity rooms that you’ll itch to post about on Instagram.
10/31: The Village Halloween Parade where zombies, ghouls, witches, monsters, giant puppets and more take to the streets for a night of costumed revelry. The parade rolls out at 7pm. Sixth Ave becomes most congested with spectators between Bleeker and 14th Sts, so we suggest setting up camp at either the head (Spring to W Houston Sts) or tail (14th St to 16th St) of the parade.
10/31: The Annual Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park. As is gets dark around 6:30 pm, carved pumpkins are released into the Harlem Meer and will be float around for 30 minutes. The spectacle draws hundreds of visitors to the northeast corner of Central Park.
Halloween Delights with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
Boo! It’s time to get your Halloween on with a sweet and sinfully delicious delight – Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey.
Spooky cocktails with rich flavors and bold tastes will have your festive spirit soaring this year. Try these phenomenal recipes to make the most of an incredible holiday.
- 1 ¼ oz. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
- ¾ oz. coffee liqueur
- ½ oz. pumpkin syrup
- 2 oz. espresso
- Dash of pumpkin spice
- Combine 1 ¼ oz. Skrewball, ¾ oz. coffee liqueur, ½ oz. pumpkin syrup, 2 oz. espresso & a dash of
pumpkin spice into a shaker with ice.
- Shake vigorously.
- Strain into coupe glass.
- Sprinkle with pumpkin spice & drizzle with chocolate.
- 1 ½ Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
- ½ oz. pumpkin spice syrup
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 4 oz. hot water
- Star anise
- Cinnamon sugar
- Add sugar, butter and hot water to mug and stir until dissolved.
- Add Skrewball, pumpkin spice syrup, star anise and stir.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- 1 ½ oz. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey
- ¾ oz. Zaya Gran Reserva Rum
- ½ oz. orange juice
- ½ oz. pineapple juice
- ½ oz. pumpkin cream of coconut mix*
- 3 pineapple top leaves
- Pumpkin spice
- For the pumpkin cream of coconut, blend all ingredients to taste.
- To make the cocktail, shake all ingredients together in a shaker with ice and pour into cocktail glass.
- Garnish with three pineapple leaves and powdered pumpkin spice.
Pumpkin Cream of Coconut Mix Ingredients:
- 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
- 15 oz. can cream of coconut
- 2 dashes vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¾ tsp. nutmeg
- 3 tbsp. sugar
The Mayor of Times Square Interviews Billionaire John Catsimatidis on The Motivation Show Podcast
John Catsimatidis went from rags to riches to become the CEO of the Red Apple Group where he began his meteoric rise to billionaire status as the founder of the Gristedes supermarket chain in New York City. As a child immigrant from very modest beginnings, he struggled to learn English. He worked at a Sloan’s Supermarket without a pay check where he had to hustle for tips. He went on to own one small grocery store and turned it into a sprawling empire. He has gone on to be wildly successful in other industries including real estate, energy, sports and media as the owner of WABC Radio in NYC. His book is How Far Do You Want To Go: Lessons from a Common-Sense Billionaire. If you ever dreamed of hitting the Lotto, dream on…or learn the blueprint from this book on how to get to the top…the very top.
Here are excerpts from the riveting, exclusive interview:
Eli Marcus: Tell us what life like was like growing up in West Harlem, John?
John Catsimatidis: Well, it was a mixed community. I was in West Harlem by City College. I went to PS 192. We had Irish. We had Hispanics. Dominicans. Blacks. Italians. Greeks. We had almost everybody. We all played together. We all had a good time together. There was no such thing as prejudice and there was no such thing as crime. It was a great melting pot.
Eli Marcus: What inspired you to write this book and what are the main takeaways you wish for our audience to learn from reading it?
John Catsimatidis: I wanted my kids and grandkids someday to know where they came from. I want them to have respect for their forefathers. The other aspect is to help make a difference in young kids. You know who is buying this book? A lot of grandfathers. A lot of grandmothers for their grandkids. A lot of fathers, mothers for their kids. We are hoping that it will make a difference in these kids’ lives. That was very important to me. Someday if I have grandkids that they know where their origins are from. I remember before my dad passed away that we sat down and wrote everything down. The 1860’s. About his great grandfather, about his grandfather. So it makes a difference. We did a DNA test. I’m 28% Italian. 60% Macedonian Greek. 6% Jewish. The definition of my 6% Jewish is either one of my great grandmothers or great grandfathers was Jewish. That’s what 6% means.
Eli Marcus: John, what do you believe are your secrets or not so secret principles that have enabled you to build not only a successful business empire but a very successful personal life as well?
John Catsimatidis: My parents taught me never to do anything to shame the family name. My father worked two jobs to never have to go to his brothers to shame himself on asking his two brothers. He worked Monday thru Friday as a busboy. The reason he worked as a busboy is that he didn’t speak English properly.
Eli Marcus: What is your idea of common sense that you allude to in the subtitle of your book?
John Catsimatidis: How to do the right thing. It’s not about being a Democrat. Not about being a Republican. I was Bill Clinton Democrat. I ran his campaigns in the New York area for quite a few years. I started as a Democrat. I helped run Jerry Nadler’s campaign for Borough President against David Dinkins. Since my daughter married a Republican, we wanted to have peace around the Thanksgiving table. When I ran for Mayor, I ran as a Republican liberal.
Eli Marcus: In the book, you say that you were insecure in public School. It’s hard to believe that John Catsimatidis was insecure.
John Catsimatidis: Well, with a name like Catsimatidis, there were not many Catsimatidis’s around. People were always cutting their name short. There is no such thing as a Pappas. It used to be a bigger, longer name. We never cut down our name.
Eli Marcus: What role does collaborating with others play in your life and do you have a prime example that comes to mind of a particularly mutually successful collaboration that stand out to you?
John Catsimatidis: I believe in communications. I believe in talking. Whether it’s Democrats or Republicans I believe that everybody, they should all sit down with each other. We work very closely with other radio stations. We’re syndicated in over 250 stations around the country. Our stream can be heard in 50 states, 173 countries.
Eli Marcus: Can you tell us what is the sink or swim theory you learned from your cousin in Greece when you visited there?
John Catsimatidis: I didn’t know how to swim. Forget about it. I’m the kid from Harlem. We didn’t have any swimming pools or go to the beaches much. So we were on the dock on the island I was born. We went there to spend two weeks. My cousin taught me how to swim. He threw me off the pier! What is the ole expression? Sink or swim!
To listen to the entire interview on The Motivation Show podcast, click here: https://open.spotify.com/show/3NVmTDAvGbzooN8TCW7tuN.
Outsmarting Scams in the Australian Solar Rebate System: A Fail-Safe Approach to Extracting Value
With a surge in interest towards renewable energy, the Australian solar rebate system has gained significant attention. However, like a double-edged sword, it’s not just the popularity that has risen, but also the scams lurking within the solar industry. Being vigilant is inevitably a part of extracting maximum value from this system. Let’s set the stage and dive into this topic further.
Understanding the Australian Solar Rebate System:
The Australian Solar Rebate System, whilst an intricate one, serves as an advantageous tool for homeowners across the country. It essentially reduces the upfront cost of installing solar panels, acting as a financial helping hand. However, not all that glitters is gold. With benefits come potential pitfalls and scams that can sneak up on us if we don’t tread carefully. It is crucial to maximize value from the solar rebate by exploiting legitimate avenues.
Identifying Scams in the Australian Solar Rebate System:
Hence, vigilance and knowledge assume paramount importance when it comes to identifying scams. Most of these scams present themselves in rather enticing ways, only to trap unsuspecting homeowners. Be that as it may, we can avoid falling prey to them by understanding the common characteristics of these scams and learning from past case studies. The golden rule? Use a reputable solar installer.
Filing an Effective Application for Your Solar Rebate:
Applications for the Australian Solar Rebate System, whilst they may seem daunting, are indeed manageable. The gumption lies in avoiding common mistakes during the process and arming ourselves with the knowledge to submit a foolproof application. Fortunately, there is an array of resources and tools at our disposal that can assist us in gearing up for a successful application.
Advocate and Legal Support Against Solar Scams:
In terms of legal assistance and expert advice, they essentially serve as our knight in shining armour when outsmarting scams. Should homeowners find themselves ensnared, legal agencies step in to help. Equally important are advocates who amplify awareness on solar rebate scams. Testimonials of Australians who emerged victorious over these scams further substantiate the power of legal and expert guidance.
Harnessing the Solar Energy Movement without Getting Scammed:
Moving ahead, the future of solar energy in Australia is certainly promising, which makes staying scam-free all the more essential. Participating responsibly in the solar energy movement is a path ripe with opportunities. However, staying informed about the evolving tactics of crooks and reiterating vigilance remains critical.
The Australian Solar Rebate System, while a boon for homeowners looking to make a shift towards renewable energy, comes with its share of challenges, most notably scams. As interest in solar energy continues to soar, it is imperative for individuals to arm themselves with knowledge and remain vigilant in their quest for legitimate benefits. Employing reputable solar installers, understanding the intricacies of the rebate application, and leveraging legal and advocate support can provide a shield against potential pitfalls. In the pursuit of a greener Australia, staying informed and cautious will ensure that the advantages of the solar energy movement are harnessed without falling prey to deceitful tactics
Embracing the Virtual Marketplace: Upsurge of Online Garage Sales for Pre-Move Purging
As technology continues to redefine traditional norms, the concept of a virtual marketplace isn’t far from everyone’s lips. Forget your dusty, drive-by garage sales, the wind of change has blown in the direction of online garage sales, a contemporary trend resonating with Aussie homeowners. This new-fangled phenomenon seamlessly marries with another prevailing trend – pre-move purging, a systematic elimination of unwanted items before a move. When these two modern elements join forces, they offer a raft of fiscal, environmental, psychological, and space benefits. So, let’s dive headlong into the fray.
The Online Garage Sale Phenomenon
Strutting onto the stage in recent years, online garage sales have taken the world by storm. But what’s sparking this escalating popularity of swapping the lawn for a laptop? A key driver is convenience. Buyers can browse and bargain from the comfort of their homes, while sellers can pitch their wares to a massive audience, not limited by their local neighbourhood. Traditional garage sales, with their geographical limitations and weather dependencies, can’t hold a candle to this.
Benefits of Pre-Move Purging
Let’s turn our attention to pre-move purging, an exercise that allows homeowners to streamline their belonging before a move. Besides the obvious economic perk of making some quick bucks from selling unwanted items, there are hulking environmental benefits too. By rehoming perfectly functional items that would otherwise have wound up in a landfill, we’re giving our planet a much-needed breather. And as the saying goes, empty spaces, happy faces – the act of purging can regenerate mental and physical spaces in our abodes, turning chaos into calm.
Navigating the Australian Online Marketplace
In the sprawling savannah of the Australian online marketplace, there are numerous platforms vying for attention. Web stalwarts like Gumtree and eBay shoulder up against social media behemoth Facebook Marketplace, each offering a unique selling experience. An Aussie homeowner eyeing success in online garage sales might find some hedge-wisdom in taking stunning product photos, penning engaging descriptions, and practising patience.
How to Successfully Combine Pre-Move Purging with Online Garage Sales
Hooking up pre-move purging and online garage sales can be as easy as pie. Kick-off the exercise by being ruthless in selecting your sale items – if it’s gathering dust, it fits the bill. Create appealing product listings, balance between being descriptive and maintaining intrigue. Pricing requires juggling fair market value against your desire to sell, while the logistics challenge can be tackled using a mix of pick-up and delivery options.
Legal and Safety Aspects of Online Garage Sales in Australia
Bearing in mind the legal connotations and safety aspects of online garage sales is paramount for Australian homeowners. While it is largely a free-and-easy landscape, the Australian Consumer Law has rules for private sales and online auctions that all should be aware of. Ensuring safety during transactions, shirking scams, and keep a tight lid on personal data is just as important.
As we wrap up, the combo of pre-move purging and online garage sales is an unwrapped gift to Australians – a virtual golden goose. It’s a nifty way to pocket some extra cash, carve out de-cluttered spaces, and score a victory for the environment. So, why not give it a whirl? As the sands of time trickle, so too will the growth and evolution of our virtual marketplace. And from the looks of it, online garage sales in Australia have a bright and booming future ahead.
Events For October
Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Musical Director Ian Niederhoffer
New York Film Festival to Host Cinephile Game Night
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Entre Institute Review – Is Jeff Lerner’s Program a Scam?
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