Chef Now Donates More Food Than He Sells
Bruno Serato, who is the owner of the upscale White House Restaurant in Anaheim, admits he had a pretty easy and carefree life, hosting and hobnobbing with Orange County’s most rich and famous.
But that was until his mother Caterina came over to visit from Italy!
Bruno’s Mother Layed Down The Law! And Now He Happily Donates!
At the time, Bruno was on the board of the local Boys and Girls Club and he just thought his mom might like to see the place.
The club serves a lot of homeless kids who often went hungry, and when Bruno told his mom this, she exploded!
"I heard her in Italian grab his arm and say some things and he just started raising his arms and he said, ‘Mama, mama, OK, OK, OK!’".
The clubs director Mike Baker recalls.
So what did she say to her son?
"Why don’t you feed them pasta?".
And obeying his mother’s orders, Bruno fed all of the kids that night.
And Bruno Is So Happy That He Now Donates
Bruno said it was a lot of food to just give away, but his mother wouldn’t leave the kitchen until he did it.
That was in April 18, 2005, and it’s happened every day since then!
And it might be interesting to consider, that some of the poorest children in Anaheim get food on a daily basis, from one of the most exclusive restaurants in Anaheim.
But it has not gone unappreciated and the kids love the food.
The Kids Are Now Bruno’s Favorite Diners
Bruno was asked,
"Did your mother give you a gift by making you do this?".
And he replied.
"Oh yeah, the biggest gift of my life!".
Bruno says the kids are now by far his favorite diners.
He says he’s never felt more needed.
In the last few years, with the economy tanking, the number of meals he serves has doubled from about 75 a night to 150.
He Donates More Than He Sells
Meanwhile, back at his restaurant, that same economy had the opposite effect.
Bruno said he was giving away more meals than he sold, which turned his balance sheet the color of marinara, and he had to refinance his restaurant and his house.
So why can he keep feeding these kids?
"How could I stop?".
If you live in Southern California, then you might want to consider going out for Italian some night soon.
At Bruno’s place!