by Andrew Chalk
Café Momentum, the project that works with Youth Village Resources to provide practical skills and success values to young men convicted of non-violent offences, held an open house on Sunday night to show the citizens of Dallas what they do.
All the Youth Village programs were represented: dog training, career management, financial literacy, computer programs, culinary arts, safe food handling, horticulture and Café Momentum. Café Momentum is the program that Crave readers are most familiar with, but I learned a lot about other programs as well. Like, all of the dogs in the dog training program are inductees from shelter euthanasia programs. In other words, doggie death row. The program saves them, teaches them to be good pets, and finds them permahomes. The young men in the program are in charge of something for likely the first time in their lives. Small wonder that one of them was quoted as saying “I thought nobody cared what I did so I didn’t care. When I started the dog-training program at Youth Village, I really connected with my dog … and the other kids in the program too. When my dog got adopted, I saw what I do matters. It made me feel real good. I think I want to work with animals, maybe even be a vet someday.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
This week on craveRADIO we featured chef Chad Houser who was in studio to discuss Café Momentum, his year old project that trains young men from the Dallas Youth Village in the culinary arts, and gives them a leg up and valuable life skills. Along with Chad was his lovely daughter, Lilia, who discussed her competition in the state UIL one-act play and representing locally WT White High School. Continue reading
by David Indorf photos by Robert Bostick
How do you sell out one of the country’s hottest restaurants with a prix fixe menu at $100 per plate? Secure in the knowledge that you will have 100% attendance with dozens more clamoring for tickets. Oh, and did I forget to mention that this little miracle occurs in the span of 20 seconds? It’s actually rather simple. You open your restaurant to Café Momentum, the concept developed to train young men detained in the Dallas County Youth Village in the culinary arts from the ground up. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Barn Aid is an annual event intended to educate our community and raise awareness and support for local food producers, small farming and sustainability in DFW and North Texas through fellow organizations working to better our food security in DFW. The event is being put on by volunteers and fellow small producers in the local food community.
Barn Aid was originally created in 2008 after a tornado struck CSA farm owner Marie Tedei’s farm and her more than 50-year-old barn. Tedei’s friends and neighbors homes and property nearby were also heavily damaged. To help raise money for the disaster Tedei and Jenice Johnson created Barn Aid which is held each year at Eden’s Organic Garden center and CSA. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We have been enjoying the dinner for two at Bolsa Mercado, especially on guest chef night which happens to be today. The premise behind the guest chef night is that a different chef will offer a boxed dinner for two each Thursday evening, and the proceeds benefit Café Momentum.
Each chef has been asked to incorporate produce grown in the garden of the Dallas County Youth Village within their menus. This week Bolsa Mercado is featuring the food stylings of The Grape’s own Brian Luscher. Continue reading
photos by Robert Bostick
Last weekend we turned another page in the history of Café Momentum with Chef Graham Dodds working his magic at Central 214 for a capacity crowd with all proceeds going to burgeoning charity.
Café Momentum is a program that has been created within the Dallas County Youth Village, where the young men learn basic culinary skills. Upon completion of the program, the students can graduate to paid positions. Continue reading