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A Different Dinner for Mother's Day

Support an urban farm league and a Houstonian in need with one farm-fresh dinner.

By Katharine Shilcutt May 6, 2014

Photo courtesy of Plant It Forward

For Mother's Day, you could take mom to a fancy dinner or to one of the beautiful brunches we mentioned in our recent brunch guide. But maybe your mom isn't the fancy dinner or the boozy brunch type. Maybe your mom likes to garden and likes to give back. If so, we've got the perfect dinner for you.

Mother's Day 4-Course Farm Dinner
Sun, May 11
5:30 p.m.
$65 per person
1318 Sul Ross 

This Sunday, May 11, chef Adam Dorris is serving a four-course farm-to-table dinner with serious emphasis on the "farm-to-table" portion of the meal. All of the produce served at the evening's meal will have been grown and prepared on site at the University of St. Thomas, which hosts one of the various plots used by urban farm league Plant It Forward.

Plant It Forward is an ingenious local organization which assists refugees in finding farming and gardening jobs once they arrive in Houston. Last year, Robb Walsh profiled two refugees from the Congo, Alain Banoungouzouna and Sarment Louamba, who had been farmers in their home country. The men couldn't find the same sort of work in the US until they were put in touch with Plant It Forward.

Chef Adam Dorris will serve a farm fresh dinner.

The non-profit has farms across town, including on the St. Thomas campus, where refugees like Banoungouzouna and Louamba grow everything from kale and collard greens to Swiss chard and French sorrel, which they then sell at area farmers markets. You can even sign up for a CSA basket full of produce to pick up each week.

In addition to the farm-fresh produce served at Dorris's four-course dinner on Sunday night, Shepard Ross of Glass Wall and Brooklyn Athletic Club will be providing wine and other beverage pairings, while folk-rocker Tom Lynch will provide tunes. The cost of the dinner is $65 per person, which is all inclusive (though a tip is, of course, appreciated).

Dorris is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner to local baker Jody Stevens, who recently lost her home in a house fire. So not only will you and mom be supporting a worthwhile urban farm league, you'll be helping out a fellow Houstonian in need.



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