Monday, August 9, 2010

Guy Fieri Foundation launch, Eddie recalls and a First Pitch

The Contra Costa Times recently interviewed Guy Fieri about his hosting the opening day at the 114th annual Humboldt County Fair.

"... he's glad to use his fame to promote the place where he grew up.
There's really no bigger reward, I think, than being able to come home and offer what you gained in life and the experience you gain, and share it with the place and people that helped form you.

Humboldt County Fair Manager Stuart Titus said he remembers coaching Fieri when he was a seventh grade football player. "He's kind of filled in since then with all the diners, drive-ins and dives, and stuff, but he's always had that twinkle in his eyes."

Fieri will at the fair between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2010, hosting the barbecue contest between local rotary clubs as well as partaking in other activities.
I'm getting a kick out of coming back

This appearance at the fair launches Guy Fieri's nonprofit, the Guy Fieri Foundation for Inspiration and Imagination.

With his new foundation, Fieri hopes to eventually donate 25 to 50 pretzel carts a year to schools or youth organizations. The carts are being built in Ferndale.
It's the old teach them to fish theory. It's a great vehicle that teaches young adults the entrepreneurial environment.

Fieri wants the first cart to go to the place that helped him realize his potential -- Ferndale Elementary School. He said the school, and specifically his eighth grade teacher, Fran Moriarty Fischer, helped him to become the person he is today.
I've done it all -- done everything I've ever imagined I'd want to do, too. And this event has got to be in the top three things in my career. It has me grinning ear to ear.

For more information on the Humboldt County Fair, visit

Click here for the full interview.


Fans of Ultimate Recipe Showdown may remember Eddie Huang, from the "Party Food" episode, aired on March 21st, 2010. Huang has opened two restaurants in the past six months, Baohaus and Xiao Ye in New York.

Zen Kimchi recently asked Huang what was it like meeting and working with Food Network chef Guy Fieri?
Ha, ha. You know, going into the show, I thought he was going to be a s— show. Food Network has tapes of my interview, [in which] I’m imitating him, making fun of his backwards glasses, etc. But, in person, he’s really cool. You hear it all the time, “This guy’s down to Earth,” but it’s true. He’s a good dude — lower voice than on TV, knows his food, about his business.

Read the full article here.


On Sunday, August 8, 2010, Guy Fieri pitched the ceremonial first ball at the Oakland A's vs Texas Rangers game.

Photos submitted by FoGF, Angie Talmon

And ajt_2002 caught a ride in the elevator with Guy and his boys.

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