livin' on a prayer? bon jovi can help

photo courtesy of thesqueeze.net

What kind of Jersey girl am I?  I had no idea Jon Bon Jovi had started this volunteer-run community restaurant called Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ.  He's been getting a lot of press for it recently because of all the Hurricane Sandy victims he's served, but apparently it's been around for over a year!  The concept of the restaurant is simple, but not common: there are no prices on the menu, but donations are accepted.  Anyone who can't pay money for their meal can volunteer in exchange for it.  Diners are seated on a first, come first serve basis, and often at a table with other members of the community.  (And, despite having only 30 seats, they've been serving upwards of 800 meals a day!)  

This ain't your typical soup kitchen: meals comes in three or more courses and use local, seasonal, and (when possible) organic ingredients.  They have already welcomed Tom Colicchio and Mario Batali as guest chefs, and I suspect more are on the way.  I love the fact that JBJ started this initiative and, as a result, has been able to help out so many hurricane victims in the past several weeks (delivering meals to those in need as well as serving diners in-house.)  Because, sometimes, livin' on a prayer just isn't gonna cut it.