The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Opens With A Brunch For The Masses

bri1by Mike Marrero

The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge adjacent to Trinity Groves should be on all of your to-do lists.  Much progress has been made with the Trinity River Corridor Project.  This celebratory day included a 5K run, Wild Flower Driving Range, Bike Ride and Rolling Ribbon Cutting, among other activities.  The highlight of the day for me was The Long-Table Gospel Brunch.

With the increasingly gorgeous downtown Dallas skyline and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge as the backdrop, approximately 400 diners sat together at a very long table on the new Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.  For a mid June outdoor event, the weather could not have been better, but the menu was the star of the show. Chef and Chair of the brunch Sharon Van Meter did a great job.  Many students from El Centro Community College and Le Cordon Bleu helped in every arena.  Chef Van Meter created the menu, and as a group they cooked at 3015 in Trinity Groves on Saturday and plated on Sunday.   

First Course

bri3Super Sweet Summer Corn Bisque with Chive Crème

Second Course

bri2Grilled Texas Peach, Watercress, Fromage Blanc

Third Course

bri4Poached Egg, Lemley Tomato, and Béarnaise on Empire Brioche

Fourth Course

bri5Honey Lemon Cake with Blueberries


The featured cocktails from Parliament by Eddie “Lucky” Campbell were quite refreshing and added to the experience.  “The Revel Gimlet” featured Kruto Vodka, Fresh Lime, Ginger, and Basil.  “Parliament’s Ramos Gin Fizz” incorporated Waterloo Gin, Lemon, Cream, Vanilla, Egg White, Orange Blossom, and Fizz.

Congregations from Greater Mount Hebron Baptist Church, Dallas West Church of Christ, West Mount Horeb Baptist Church, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, and House of Prayer for all People provided musical entertainment throughout the brunch.


The combination delicious food, fantastic drinks, and passionate music in such a scenic environment made for a memorable day.



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2 responses to “The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Opens With A Brunch For The Masses

  1. Sharon Van Meter

    Thanks Crave DFW but my roll was minimal compared to the incredible talents of all Chefs who participated. How generous of them to take time away from their families on Father’s Day to cook for three amazing charities!

    Proud to be a Texas Chef.

    • Gay Prewitt

      Rock on Sharon! Your energy is endless, and your commitment to Texas Chefs and our culinary community is unequaled. Thanks for all you do!

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