In one hopeful twist, one nonprofit operating out of Colton has the backing of an actor to find a new home.
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools will announce today that it plans to use a $10,000 pledge from actor Matt Damon to start a "Can You Match Matt" fund-raiser. The money will be used to help find a permanent home for its rooftop garden.
The Rethinkers, a nucleus of middle-school kids trying to get more local fresh foods into schools, planted squash, eggplant, corn and other produce in the Colton rooftop garden, which now has a temporary location on St. Claude Avenue a few blocks away.
One of the reasons McHale was attracted to host "The Soup" was its pedigree, he said. Greg Kinnear received his big break hosting an earlier incarnation of "The Soup," and has since landed above-the-title roles in movies such as "Sabrina" and the Siamese-twin comedy "Stuck on You," the latter with Damon.
McHale joked that Damon was always comparing McHale's comedic talent against Kinnear's when the two were filming "The Informant." "If I can have 5 percent of [Kinnear's] career I'll be happy," McHale said.
Our secret shopper reports that Matt Damon and wife Luciana were spotted standing in line at Epicure on Wednesday. Their purchase: his and hers salads.