Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

‘A Community Cooks’ slated for April 19 at Paul Quinn College

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Special to Inside The Pew

DALLAS – As the sun sets on April 19, a selection of Dallas’ top executive chefs will step away from the kitchen to prepare their signature culinary creations between the rows of strawberries, mint and arugula on Paul Quinn College’s organic farm. Feast between the budding sprouts of cantaloupe and sweet potatoes as live music sets the stage for a great night of partying beneath the stars.

“A Community Cooks” celebrates the farm’s accomplishments and raises resources to help expand the farm’s ability to combat the food desert surrounding Paul Quinn College. The farm brings healthy food to the neighborhood by donating a minimum of 10 percent of all items grown to those in need.

At 5 p.m., join the college for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the farm’s expansion. Thanks to the contributions of the Associate Leadership Council of the Real Estate Council of Dallas, the farm will now feature a greenhouse, solar lights, and an irrigation system. Those attending “A Community Cooks” will be among the first to witness the improvements.

Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, the former commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services and current vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, will be the slated guest speaker. Sanchez is a leader in the fight to reduce food deserts and also stresses the link between the lack of access to healthy, affordable foods, and chronic diseases.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/21692820750405706

Participating chefs include Jeff Harris from Bolsa; Matt Balke from Bolsa Mercado; Janice Provost and Chad Houser from Parigi; Tim Bevins from Craft;  Tre Wilcox of Marquee; Jason Maddy from Oak; Matt McCallister from FT33; Jon Stevens from Nosh; Randall Copeland from Ava; Central 214’s Graham Dodds; the Dallas Cowboys’  Orazio La Manna; and Brent Hammer from Hibiscus.

Dan Reeves to receive Tom Landry Award at FCA benefit dinner

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Former NFL head coach and NFL player Dan Reeves will receive the Tom Landry Excellence of Character Award during a dinner benefiting Greater Dallas Fellowship of Christian Athletes on April 22.

The dinner and program are slated to begin at 6 p.m. at the Westin Stonebriar Resort, 1549 Legacy Drive, in Frisco.

Dan Reeves

Reeves, who played and coached under Landry’s Cowboys, coached the Denver Broncos for 12 seasons, the New York Giants for three, and the Atlanta Falcons for seven. As head coach of the Broncos, Reeves took the team to six post-season appearances, five divisional titles, three AFC championships, and Super Bowls XXI, XXII, and XXIV. He led the Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII where Atlanta lost to his former team, the Broncos, 34-19.

“This special evening will include a Q&A panel with Dallas Cowboy tight end, Jason Witten, as well as Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett,” said Rick Bowles, FCA executive director, Dallas. “Also, Benjamin Utecht, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, will provide the music. This is a favorite of many athletes and one of Dallas’ best events of the year.”

Former past recipients of the honor include Bobby Bowden, Pat Williams, S. Truett Cathy, Roger Staubach, Kenneth Cooper, James and Shirley Dobson, Howard Hendricks, coach Grant Teaff, the Rev. Billy Graham, and coach Jim Myers.

A silent and live auction with one-of-a-kind items up for bid include a cruise with Michael W. Smith, major trips, sports packages and autographed memorabilia.

To purchase tickets for the event, visit www.fcadallas.org/tlo or call 214-739-8003.