by Steven Doyle
Chefs for Farmers has evolved over the past few years since it was first concepted by Matt and Iris McCallister. You may recall the first installment that was cheffed by a handful of local talent that ran in the same pack, and who took the first road show to a local farmer’s field. The day was sun kissed and breezy, and there was plenty of laughter as each chef took on a course to feed a very long table of happy diners.
The second event was months later and took place in a winery in Fort Worth. The crowd swelled to benefit local farmers and Meals on Wheel of Tarrant County, one of the McCallister’s passions. This event had more chefs and many from the Fort Worth side of the tracks, making it far more inclusive and a delightful event. Continue reading
Sunday on craveRADIO we will feature Chad Houser, the executive director and chef for Café Momentum which transforms the lives of the boys at the Dallas Youth Village. We have some fun surprises in store and you will not want to miss this episode. Sunday 4 to 6pm on the mighty 1190AM.
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 Steven Doyle
The Pin Show Dallas will trasform the Dallas fashion scene as 25 independent designers take on the runway February 23, 2013. Under the creative direction of Mike Thompson, Executive Director, Bryan Embry, and Founder and Executive Producer, Julie McCullough will turn a West Dallas warehouse into an incredible runway and workshop. Enjoy the fashion show, designer marketplace, two live bands, and street-style food, all with a view of the Margret Hunt Hill Bridge in the new Trinity Groves district in West Dallas. Continue reading
by Jayne Chobot photos by Robert Bostick
Café Momentum hosted their latest pop-up dinner fundraiser prepared by the amazing Dallas chef Michael Ehlert. This is an exciting time for the non-profit program, with its new (and first) Executive Director, Chad Houser, having turned in his chef coat for a suit this month. With the incredible meal provided courtesy of Campo and the young, spirited, and talented gentlemen in the Café Momentum program, the flowing wine courtesy of Oak Cliff Cellars, and the intriguing conversations throughout the restaurant, guests still could not stop remarking on how much fun (and how impressive!) it was to see Chef Houser all dressed up. Guests were assured that it was not something they should get used to, however. 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