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.
The young men learn all aspects of the restaurant business, from washing dishes to waiting tables. They will also work alongside a rotating roster of guest chefs from the Dallas area. The chef will train the boys to prep, cook, plate, and serve their dishes-some of which will incorporate food grown on a half-acre at the Youth Village using organic growing power techniques.
As a means of raising funds that will eventually spawn a real brick and mortar restaurant for Momentum, the group hosts a dinner each month at an area restaurant and the young men are able to work with that chef throughout the day.
Dodds was especially excited and created a lot of buzz as he plated some particularly marvelous dishes.