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John Krasinski’s daughters find their own way to support the restaurant industry [Updated]

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Update, May 18, 2020: John Krasinski’s YouTube show, Some Good News, just gained a little more good news to share. If you watched the celebrity potluck episode in its entirety (and you should, because it really is quite charming), you might remember that the show concluded with Krasinski surprising Guy Fieri with a $4 million donation to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund—an initiative of the National Restaurant Association that Fieri has been championing in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak—courtesy of PepsiCo Foodservice. And because Some Good News is filmed at Krasinski’s home and its production is a family affair, the announcement was accompanied by a Pepsi logo drawn by his daughters Hazel (age 6) and Violet (age 3):

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Today, PepsiCo announced that they have launched another initiative in conjunction with Some Good News to raise money for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: T-shirts and tote bags printed with Hazel and Violet’s hand-drawn Pepsi logo. Available now at Sevenly.org, 100% of the proceeds from the $36 shirts and $25 tote bags will be donated to the RERF, which is dispensing $500 grants to out-of-work restaurant workers. Some good news, indeed.

Original post, April 28, 2020: I’m usually not one for those sappy “good news” videos that are regularly posted on Facebook by grandmothers everywhere, but gosh darn it, I have developed a weakness for John Krasinski’s new YouTube series Some Good News. Maybe it’s because we’ve had The Office playing on repeat in my household for the past six weeks as a sort of coping strategy—I mean, it’s hard to feel bad about our current situation when we remember we could be trapped in a garbage bag with a rabid bat or self-isolating in a condo that reeks of Serenity by Jan. But whatever the reason behind the melting of my cold, icy quarantined heart, Krasinski has been doing an aces job of lifting our collective spirits with his effortless charm and radiant positivity.

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For the show’s fifth episode, Krasinski hosted a virtual potluck dinner with fan-submitted recipes. Out of hundreds of entries, four were selected to be cooked by Krasinski’s “friends”: Stanley Tucci, who made a “quarantini” cocktail invented by a 90-year-old woman; David Chang, who made chicken cacciatore; Guy Fieri, who put a California spin on a recipe for “dynamite sloppy joes”; and Her Majesty the Queen Martha Stewart, who made a fan-submitted pierogi recipe that she said reminded her of the ones made by her late mother. The food-centric stuff starts around the 8:10 mark, but the entire episode is an absolute delight and is well worth 15 minutes of your day—if only to ogle the celebrities’ kitchens in the background.

Allison Robicelli is The Takeout staff writer, a former professional chef, author of three books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Questions about recipes/need cooking advice? Tweet @Robicellis.

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That sounds kinda interesting but I’m a little wary and weary of “good news” programming, it feels forced and saccharine to me.

The only quarantine cooking show I’m watching right now is Alton Brown’s Quarantine Quitchen live streams on Youtube, where he and his wife, restaurant designer Elizabeth Ingram, try to stream an unplanned show about cooking dinner that turns into bickering and sniping and mugging for the camera.

There’s actual info in these peppered in between the insanity, every show runs over the 30 minutes they aim for, and also has mysteries like “where did that kimchi we brought in from the studio go? Shit, we’ll have to improvise and make saurkraut fried rice instead! Best of all, Alton Brown finally gets to swear and use name brands and use his skills as a cinematographer on the fly and feed his dogs when he shouldn’t and make a big mess.