Kickstarting for Hunger
Podcast #36 — Aired July 17, 2014

What if you could help someone who really needed it just by eating lunch? This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking about a Kickstarter campaign to use resources from a successful line of restaurants to care for the hungry in Philadelphia. Our guests this week are Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov, owners of Federal Donuts and Andy Greenhow of Broad Street Ministry. Together, the two organizations are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund Rooster Soup Co., a restaurant that will donate 100% of profits to Broad Street’s Hospitality Collaborative to provide services for the hungry and homeless in Philadelphia. Tune in every week to hear new guests share how they are making the world a better place and to learn how you can become a BetterWorldian!

Chef Michael Solomonov
Partner, Federal Doughnuts Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Zahav

A 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic,” Chef Michael Solomonov is the executive chef at Zahav, Philadelphia’s renowned modern Israeli restaurant. Known for his extraordinary skill at transforming simple foods into artful culinary masterpieces, he is widely regarded as one of the city’s top young chefs and entrepreneurs. In addition to his duties at Zahav, of which is he co-owner, Chef Solomonov is a partner in Percy Street Barbecue, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher and Federal Donuts, a mostly take-out, donuts-and-fried-chicken shop serving exceptional coffee, cake donuts and fried chicken. He is a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. Born in Israel, he grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and now calls Philadelphia home.

Rev. Andy Greenhow
Minister of Stewardship, Broad Street Ministry

Rev. Andy Greenhow is the Minister of Stewardship, Congregational Partnership, and Belonging at Broad Street Ministry, a broad-minded faith community committed to extending radical hospitality to all of Philadelphia, particularly those least likely to receive it anywhere else. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), having received his Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was the recipient of the C. Frederick and Cleta R. Mathias Memorial Prize in Worship and Pastoral Ministry. Prior to seminary, he served as a long-term volunteer rebuilding homes destroyed by the floods following Hurricane Katrina at Project Homecoming, a disaster recovery and community redevelopment non-profit in New Orleans. His undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto were in Cinema Studies, Political Science, and Near & Middle Eastern Studies.