guerrilla goodness: dinner with jimmy…

October 4, 2011

From Dolores- This is a picture of me and Jimmy. We had just finished bowling and were both happy. That’s why he has such a beautiful smile on his face.

Shortly after the O magazine article came out, I got a lovely letter from a woman named Dolores. She wrote:

Hi Patience,

Your little acts of kindness are great!! I’ve been looking for ways to do something in remembrance of my son, Jimmy, who passed away in Oct. 2009. He was an adult, but it doesn’t matter how old they are when you lose them, the loss of a child is something you never really get over. He was handsome, kind, sweet, thoughtful and a good cook. Maybe you have some ideas.

Thanks. Dolores


I thought about Dolores a lot the next few days, maybe it was the mother in me connecting to the mother in her, no matter how big or little our boys are- we love them dearly. So I wrote Dolores back and asked her what Jimmy loved to cook. She said he made the best spaghetti and meatballs, and other Italian dishes. It all sounded so wonderful to me, as food holds lots of community and love.

While cooking a dinner myself one night, it sort of hit me. I wondered if Dolores would mind if we joined her in remembering Jimmy, remembering his kindness through cooking, to honor the way she loved him and the way he loved to love. Dolores and Tony (Jimmy’s brother) said yes!

So here’s the mission:

1. Make your best Italian dish!

2. Invite a friend to share it with- I’m sure this part will be NO problem!

3. Send Dolores a picture of you, your dish, family or friends via Kindnessgirl ( or post a picture and send us a link, or blog about it!  Or even just tell us what you made in the comments. You can also post a picture on the Guerrilla Goodness Facebook page too!

4. Let’s see how many people and yummy dishes we can offer as kindness!

This mission will end on October 18th, two weeks from now! Invite a neighbor, an old friend, someone you love…we can’t wait to hear about it!

Calling all foodies! Please share your recipes or ideas, we will link to your blogs! Gluten free, Vegan? Let’s see how wide and far this mission can go!

eta: you can see pictures from the mission here!

12 Responses to “guerrilla goodness: dinner with jimmy…”

  1. Erin Wilson Says:

    Yeah, you totally have me with this. I happen to be on a raw, vegan, gf cleanse this month. LOL! Let’s see what Italian I can come up with that fits.

    • Hope Says:

      Eggplant parm…hold the parm & breading. 🙂 I make it a lot and it’s delicious! We lean paleo and I am sure we can swing an awesome itailian meal w/out the pasta and bread! I’m excited to do this! 😉

  2. Gianna deMarco Says:

    There are tons of “spaghetti” recipes out there for a raw diet. It is basically shredded zucchini. I am sure you can pure some tomatoes, basil, and garlic to top it off.

    (ps-I love your site and am always telling people about what you do!)

  3. TIsha Says:

    Fantastic idea! Hmmm what shall I make…decisions decisions:)

  4. Paul Karns Says:

    This is now on the agenda. Enough said.

  5. Kelly Says:

    uhh, I don’t know…forcing me to make some gooey Italian dish then actually having to share my meal with a good friend over wine and laughter…sounds like way too much work for me. ;-\

  6. Jess Says:

    Sounds like time for lasagna, with a limoncello apertif. :o)

  7. […] had our first dinner with Jimmy by candle light last night….my, was it lovely. Jen made to die for manicotti and salad, Vic […]

  8. […] and don’t forget, our Dinner with Jimmy Mission ends on October 18th! You can still e-mail me your pics to be forwarded on to Dolores. […]

  9. Lara Says:

    We didn’t do Italian, but we did have our dinner for Jimmy tonight with fresh baked bread, apple pie, and vegetarian chili. It was delicious. I posted pics here, but I’ll email them, too!

  10. michelle schisler Says:

    My friends and I went to Hocking Hills State park this past weekend for our first time ziplining. Our first evening dinner at our cabin was gluten-free pasta and meatballs. We prepared the meal in honor of Jimmy and we toasted to kindness and having great friends to celebrate life with. I posted a photo on your facebook page.

  11. […] Two weeks ago, I invited you all to join me for a kindness mission honoring Jimmy and Dolores, a reader and new friend. You can read about it here. […]

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