Paul Quinn College Raised a Quarter Million Dollars for Its Football Field Farm Last Night

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Lauren Drewes Daniels
Chefs gathered along the sidelines of the Paul Quinn farm last night to serve food for the Community Cooks event. Over 400 guests attended, which was twice as many compared to last year's inaugural feast, and college officials said the dinner raised over $250,000 for the farm.

Paul Quinn College sits in an urban food desert. The nearest full service grocery store is over six miles away. In just two years this garden has produced several thousand pounds of organic herbs and veggies for the community through charity, the campus cafeteria and a few Dallas restaurants restaurants. More importantly, many young "Quinnites" work on the farm through the campus work-study program, learning about gardening, fresh food and simply how good it feels to get your hands dirty every now and then.

Last night many students worked side-by-side with chefs plating food and explaining dishes to guests. Then as the sun started to descend past the trees, the students lined up and filled their plates with some of the best cuisine Dallas has to offer.

It all came together beautifully. The kids were classy and grateful, as were the chefs. They all made Paul Quinn proud last night.

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Starting with the bowl at the top:

  • Chilled spring onion soup with chicken liver mousse from Craft.

  • Pasta with chicken and jalapeno pesto and goat cheese from Parigi.

  • House cured bacon with Texas shiitake, ricotta and wild onion Salsa from Hibiscus (3 o'clock).

  • Crisp pork belly with aji panca, Easter radish and mizuna from Oak.

  • 7 spice tuna sashimi with cucumber mint gel and tomato relish from Marquee Grill.

  • Moroccan kefta with red pepper vinaigrette from Nosh.

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Chef Janice Provost Parigi

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Central 214

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Nosh, Chef Jon Stevens

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Craft, Chef Tim Bevins


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11 comments
Fair is fair
Fair is fair

The students and staff at PQC is great.  They have always been very grateful to everyone who supports their farm initiative. The Farm is a tremendous success.  The "Community Cooks" event has been great both of the years that I've gone.  I don't understand the cyncism.  They are good people and Elizabeth Wattley does an outstanding job.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

250k off of 400 people? That's $625 a head....Who wrote big checks?

omgthis
omgthis

Wow someone best count the money last year they said they raised 15,000 but pqc never seen the dolars!!

Cutty
Cutty

Avon Barksdale, but he doesn't want his picture hung up in the gym.

Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

 There was (is?) a number of major corporate sponsors of the farm i.e. Freshpoint, PepsiCo, Orix Foundation, and The Real Estate Council Foundation. I imagine some of their dollars are within that 250k mentioned.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Me! I'm a big spender. No, really. Geez, can't get anything past you kids. I'm confirming the amount. I think I did misinterpret something, but I'm getting solid confirmation. Thanks, as always, for keeping me honest. 

Smokey Problemson
Smokey Problemson

We have the same last name! Two Ts, O-N! I shouldn't be this excited about it, but I am. Is it *really* that complicated (in reference to Lauren Drewes Daniels' comment)? No one ever writes it down correctly, so it must be. Solidarity! Keep fighting those single Ts and Es!

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Thanks Mark Bob (Wootton is just too complicated). That's what I was about to write. I think Oncor had some corp. sponsorship there last night too.  The number maybe what they've raised all together with this year and last year. I thought he said, "This event alone ... has raised $250K." My ears my be wrong though. 

I've called and sent an email and will update as soon as I hear something. 

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Via SideDish: 

"The Real Estate Council Foundation presented a check for $200,000 to the college for the garden capital improvements, the recently completed greenhouse and future enhancements. Other major sponsors of the garden were Trammell Crow, Pepsico and the Orix Foundation."

Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

No way! That is incredibly exciting, and we should both be excited. Keep fightin the good fight.

Smokey Problemson
Smokey Problemson

 Ah yes, now I see the "Whootten" URL. What are we, owls? j/k lol etc

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