On a cold November afternoon in 2010, Ricer Rice Balls were thrown to guests at a dinner party at the home of actor and former reality television star Steve Buscemi.
The balls, which were branded with the words “Rice Balls,” were the latest in a string of risqué offerings to hit the market.
When a reporter for The Hollywood Reporter visited the restaurant, the staff didn’t know what to make of the unusual gifts.
“They’re all white with gold trim and glitter,” one of the chefs told the reporter.
As he left the restaurant that day, he noticed that the staff was not impressed with his unusual gifts, and he offered to return the following week.
The reporter asked Ricer’s general manager what the deal was.
“We’re not going to pay for these things,” he said.
“The only thing I’m going to do is have the balls sent back.”
The following day, Ricers owner, Mike Ricer, took to Twitter to announce that he would donate the balls to charity.
Ricer, a lifelong Republican, said that he did not want the guests to know what he did for a living.
He said that while he and his family had been very wealthy, he had never been paid for the products.
“The idea that you can give something away for free, it’s a little scary,” Ricer told The Hollywood Times.
“I don’t have any other choice.
Ricers Rice Balls will be donated to the Food Bank of Central Florida.