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Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by PickMeYard

This is one of those posts about a person so inspirational that I have to tell everybody.  His name is Jesus Salgueiro (it’s pronounced hay-soos) and he’s from Venezuela. He’s beat 3 major cancers 3 times,  including lung cancer and an inoperable brain cancer.  Hope Hospice was expecting him, but his partner and a friend decided against it.  How did he beat such deadly cancers 3 times?

First, he attributes his survival to leaving the first set of doctors that were treating him.  A second opinion can save your life.  His second opinion, Dr. Razier, saved his.

Secondly, he had more paintings to paint.  Jesus is an artist.  He usually paints hearts and angels, but he does whatever his heart and mind tell him to do.  He sees hearts in everything from a hole in a t-shirt to tree branches. He keeps track by taking pictures of them and has hundreds. I wonder if he follows the hearts or if they follow him because I don’t see ’em.  He has also seen an angel.  She visited him in his hospital room and told him he wasn’t going to die from his brain tumor because he still has things to do.  His tumor reduced in size immediately afterward. Was it truly an angel or an overly hopeful imagination on cancer drugs? It doesn’t matter… he survived with minimal further treatment. He doesn’t care if anybody believes him because it’s his own incredible story.  It’s not my story to publish on the world-wide web, so I left out the details, but I think of this story all the time and feel joy.  I want to hear this story again and again.  People need stories like these.  I’ll ask him to forgive me later.

Jesus and friend.

One of Jesus' art studios. He's slowly turning every room of his house into more studio. Artists do that.

More studio.

Some of his work hanging in his living room.

His partner, Chef Art Smith, lost 120 pounds. Jesus turned his old trousers into a piece of art.

 My friend and I were having dinner at Chef Art Smith’s new restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.  I was telling her all about Jesus and bragging about his hearts.  She points and says, “you mean… like those?” I turn around and look at the wall behind me and sure enough, it’s Jesus’ hearts.

Jesus' art hanging in the new restaurant, Southern Art in Atlanta, GA.

 Jesus’ depth of color and texture is mesmerizing.  Everybody loves his work.  My favorite pieces are his manhole covers.  He’s travelled the world and sketched manholes in hundreds of cities.  He’s got some exciting stories about these adventures.  I wish he’d make a book with all these sketches because they’re absolutely gorgeous and there’s so many.  I asked him if he’s worried about somebody copying him.  Even if they did, they would never be as good as Jesus’ originals.

Jesus telling the stories behind his manhole covers. Don't even think about touching a manhole cover in China!

Jesus has a great story on how he obtained this Chinese manhole cover.

I lost track on which city this cover is from... he has over 500.


Beverly Hills.

Stacks and stacks of the most amazing works of art.

The colors are out of this world.

Check out the online gallery of some of his work on his website at  Make sure your sound is turned on.  Oh, and keep your eyes peeled because his art is starting to pop up everywhere!  A little birdie told me that Lady Gaga just purchased a piece.

We love you, Jesus.

Come grow with us!

The Culinary Art… Smith

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by PickMeYard

It is true that your family are not always related to you by blood.  “Family” are the people that love you and genuinely, unselfishly care how you’re doing (and what you’re doing) with no other motive.

We know that one of “our family” has inspired our son from an early age.  Grayson’s “Uncle Art”  has given him an early interest in herbs and seasonings and lead him to question, “where do these come from?”  Grayson’s always questioned every ingredient and is passionate about what to do with them.

Art taught our daughter to cook scrambled eggs when she was two and she’s been cooking them ever since (she’s 3.5).  She’s cooking all kinds of foods now.  This is all thanks to our “family” member Art Smith.  He has a very special skill of teaching children, they just love him!

Chef Art Smith

Art and his life partner, Jesus Salguiero, stayed up all night the night before Grayson’s first birthday party.  They helped Grayson’s grandmother assemble his birthday present (a ride-in electric volkswagon) and cook a big, beautiful teddy bear cake (his famous hummingbird cake recipe).  Art and Jesus have such a generous nature.  We love, love, love Jesus.  He is an artist with divine talent.  When you see his art (internet does not show it like real life), you know he was born with a gift.   Check out his website… it will take you into another realm., it’s a real treat for the senses.

Art and Jesus have been such a big part of our lives. We are so proud to call them “family”.

Margie (my mom) & her best friend Art.

Nate Berkus, Art Smith and Margie Geddes.

Art and Grayson at Pink Sands, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Art loves children.  He and Jesus established the  Common Threads Foundation  for underprivledged children (8-12 years old).  He teaches them to cook and eat together.  They learn about nutrition, preparing foods, world cuisines, customs and traditions. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to children, the culinary arts and world cultures.

Art said that “he wanted to teach kids through food and cooking that we are all more similar than different.  Our world is a quilt, its people the fabric,  joined together by common threads”.  Many of Chicago’s culinary stars volunteer to teach classes and help with fundraising.  There is a very special event coming up on August 21st that will unselfishly benefit Common Threads.

Kumquat preserves made by Art. He wrote a sweet little note to me on the top.

Art grew up on a farm in a very small (two square miles) town called Jasper in North Florida…  think ‘Steel Magnolias”. His brother, Gene, runs the farm now with his wife and kids.  Gene is an American version of Crocodile Dundee.  He wears the most awesome hat I’ve ever seen in my life and has a big scar from a rattlesnake bite.

Art’s mother (Addie Mae) lives near-by.  Doesn’t she have the most beautiful name?  My mom dreams about her creamed corn and her persimmon tree.  They still can and preserve and have great southern recipes.  The influence passes from generation to generation.

Art and his mom, Addie Mae.

Art is best known for being  Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef.  He goes to Oprah’s school in Africa for at least a month or two every year to see “his girls”.  They loooove his pizza!

Oprah's book about her school in Africa.

A collage of some of the students at Oprah's school.

Before he worked for Oprah, Art was the executive mansion chef for Senator Bob Graham when he was the governor of Florida.  He has cooked for U.S. Presidents. He went to school at Disney’s culinary institute, the Walt Disney Magic Kingdom College Program.  He made Disney proud.

He also designed the galley on a Hakvoort ( a large motor yacht) and worked aboard the vessel for two years.  So, he’s seaworthy and has traveled all over the world.  These are only a few details of his extraordinary resume.

Art's kitchen.

Part of Art's cookbook collection.

He’s on the advisory board with leading nutrition and child development experts for a new program called Sesame Street Workshop.  They’re working on program develpment to set a foundation for healthy habits early in children’s lives.  I always wished somebody would tell me how to get to Sesame Street when I was a child.  I still  love to watch that show and I do… with my kids all the time.

Art  received an honorary MBA degree from the Florida State University School of Business.  It was only the second one to be given out in more than 150 years.

Art at FSU getting his honorary degree.

He won the James Beard Foundation Award in 2002 for his book, “Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family” and for Humanitarian of the Year in 2007. He’s written two other books as well;  “Back to the Family” and “Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families”.  I can assure you there will be more.

Back to the Family

Kitchen Life

He also has two restaurants.  One is in Chicago called “Table Fifty-Two” and the other is in Washington, D.C. and is called “Art & Soul”.  His signature dishes at Table 52 are goat cheese biscuits and macaroni and cheese.  These biscuits are their signature for a very good reason… OMG!  As soon as you sit down at your table they bring you these hot goat cheese biscuits.  The mac and cheese is the most comforting you could ever taste, except- maybe… your own mothers, of course. My favorite is the shrimp and grits.

Click here  for some more pictures of Chef Art and his meals.

Jesus and Art were Chicagoans of the Year for 2006. Cllick on the picture for a link to the article.

You might think Art is lucky to have worked for Oprah, but we know that  Oprah is the lucky one to have Art… now, Jesus is the lucky one.

Come grow with us!