There are a number of reasons to love the gorgeous Lauren Bush Lauren, a main one being her incredible charity, FEED, dedicated to fighting global hunger. FEED has been responsible for nearly 84 million meals around the world to date, and the number keeps growing. With her FEED reversible burlap bags, Lauren has channeled both food and fashion for a good cause, a strategy we’re serious fans of.
September 16 through October 16th, FEED has called a number of influencers to action to host their own suppers to raise awareness; TNP’s will happen October 16th (so stay tuned for more details)! To celebrate her cause, our involvement with FEED, and everything in between, we chatted with Lauren on fighting hunger, her ideal FEED supper, beauty routines and why she starts the day with a small latte…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
My ideal food day has to start with an early morning visit to my favorite NYC coffee shop, Jack’s Stir Brew, for a ‘Happy Jack’ latte and a ‘Mighty Muffin.’
During the work day, I like to grab a quinoa salad and chia pudding from Liquiteria, or a vegan role from Beyond Sushi in Chelsea Market. My favorite is the Pickle Me with six-grain rice, gobo, carrot, pickled daikon and avocado with a carrot ginger sauce. So delicious!
As long as pasta is on the menu for dinner, my ideal food day is complete. Spaghetti with marinara sauce and a side of Brussels sprouts never fails me.
And I can’t forget the most important meal of the day! Definitely, coffee ice cream for dessert.
How do you personally always start your day on a good note?
I start my day on a good note when I have a small latte and a few moments to center myself to prepare for the day ahead. It’s important for me to remember that everything I do at FEED is ultimately bigger than myself. My team is such a good reminder of that as well, as they are continually focused on our mission.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I keep it simple—gentle cleanser and a light moisturizer each morning and evening before bed.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
This might seem like an obvious answer, but I try to drink a lot of water and lots of sleep. Hydration is key for good skin. And if I don’t get enough sleep during the week (which is generally the case), I try and carve out time to sleep in on Saturdays. I always wake up and look visibly refreshed after a good nine hours of heavenly sleep.
What’s always in your bag?
My iPhone, Clarins Lip Perfector, a snack of trail mix, and my FEED notebook, so I can write down my ideas and to-do’s on the go.
If you wanted everyone to know one thing about FEED, what would it be?
I want people to know that FEED is a social business with a mission to create good products that help FEED the world. My ultimate hope is that FEED is a conduit for people to get involved and make an impact in the fight to end world hunger. We recently hit a milestone of giving 84 million meals, which was only possible because of people choosing to make a difference through their purchases.
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
I love traveling to Africa to visit some of the countries where FEED supports school feeding programs through WFP. Kenya holds a really special place in my heart as we employ artisans there who make some of my favorite bags—the hand-beaded Kenya collection, which provides meals to children in Kenya. I don’t travel without my vintage Leica camera, a travel pillow, a good book, and my FEED bag to carry it all. The FEED 1 bag is the perfect travel bag as it holds everything, and fits really easily under airplane seats!
What would your last meal be and who would it be with?
That is such a hard question! I think I would want my last meal to be in Positano, Italy looking out over the ocean, drinking a really hearty glass of red wine and eating a delicious handmade pasta dinner with my husband David. Or if I was taking my last delicious bites in New York, I would order the following items: the minestrone soup and sautéed spinach from Morandi to start, the pasta primivera from Sette Mezzo as my main, and the Vanilla Cream Meringue cake from Cipriani as dessert.
Could you tell us a bit about FEED suppers?
FEED Supper is a grassroots call-to-action for people to come together around the dinner table to ‘truly share a meal.’ From September 16th-October 16th, we are asking people to host their own Suppers, and invite their guests to make a donation with their RSVP to provide meals to families in need. Our goal for FEED Supper is to raise 1 million meals, which will be distributed around the world and here in America, through our giving partners WFP and Feeding America.
The power of food to bring people together, bound by a common humanity and purpose, has always been central to our ethos at FEED given the work we do. My team and I and our supporters love hosting dinner parties, so we thought, ‘Why not harness this foodie passion for good?’
What do you always bring to a dinner party as a guest? What do you always put out as a host?
As a host, I always put out cheese and olives for guests to nibble on as dinner preparation is finishing up. I love to cook, but do not have the timing down yet. So the dinner parties I throw tend to be very casual with guest lingering around my kitchen with a glass of wine as I finish preparing the food. Many of my friends come over for a meal knowing they may be called upon to help chop and finish the meal with me, which makes things easier and way more fun.
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