Pop Up ThanksGIVING Dinner Supports the Benefits of Gardening

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Pop Up ThanksGIVING Dinner Supports the Benefits of Gardening
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Pop Up ThanksGIVING Dinner Presented by the Chef Cooperatives Benefits  Gardopia Gardens

A Pop Up ThanksGIVING feast presented by the Chef Cooperatives to raise funds for Gardopia Gardens will feature a NINE COURSE DINNER using local ingredients.

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WHO: The San Antonio’s Chef Cooperatives, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of San Antonio chefs, raises funds through pop-up dinners to support South Central Texas farmers, ranchers and vintners. Gardopia Gardens, also a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, educates people of all backgrounds about health and wellness through gardening, nutrition, physical activity and maximizing environmental sustainability. The Gardopia urban farm/garden at 619 N. New Braunfels on the Eastside is the focus of this epic pop-up dinner.

Local band Dirty Genez will provide LIVE MUSIC.
WHAT: The Pop Up ThanksGIVING Feast will feature a NINE COURSE DINNER using local ingredients created by Chef Jeff White, Stephen Paprocki, John O’Larnic, Toby Soto, Ed Villarreal, Tyler Horstmann, Mark Chapman, Adrian Davila, Melissa Beverage and Jenn Stipp White. (See menu below.) One hundred percent of the funds raised will be donated to Gardopia to support their efforts, including building a wellness center on the eastside.
“We fell in love with Gardopia Gardens because they’re not just an urban farm, they’re doing things differently – educating people about gardening, teaching kids how to grow food and plant seedlings. Plus, they’re putting up small houses on the property that can be utilized by the neighborhood homeless, who can stay there while they’re transitioning,” Chef Paprocki explained. “In turn, they help out with the garden and protect the neighborhood. They’re really working to help clean up this block, which statistically has some of the highest incidences of crime on the Eastside. What they’re doing is a story in and of itself!”
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Gardopia Gardens founder Stephen Lucke is thrilled to work with Chef Cooperatives. “I really feel blessed. We’ve been doing this work for a while now. It’s not easy starting an organization, but we’re glad the Chef Cooperative recognized us. It shows we’re gaining traction to promote health and wellness,” Mr. Lucke shared.
Funds can be donated any time to Gardopia Gardens at: https://www.gofundme.com/2pu6ytrt
WHEN:  4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016
WHERE: Gardopia Gardens, 619 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX 78202
For more information about the Chef Cooperatives, visit chefcooperatives.com. To learn more about Gardopia Gardens, visit gardopiagardens.org.
 GARDOPIA GARDENS Pop Up “ThanksGIVING” MENU
A special presentation by The Chef Cooperatives
Chef Jeff White, Boiler House
Charred goat pazole tojo, mini corn tortilla
Onions in escabeche
Burnt peppers fermented jalapeño hot sauce, Queso anemone
Chef Stephen Paprocki, Texas Black Gold Garlic
Coffee-blackened turkey tostada, avocado cream and epazote
Chef John O’Larnic, HEB
Smoked rabbit and power green crostini
Chef Toby Soto, Humo of San Antonio
Kale-wrapped braised rabbit,
Huancaina beet purée crowned with escabeche, cabbage
Chef Ed Villarreal, Alberico Fine Wine
Braised goat leg spring rolls,
Local green cabbage kimchi and pickled radish
Chef Tyler Horstmann, Kitchen Mercenaries
Smoked rabbit quiche,
fall greens and local honey vinaigrette
 
Chef Mark Chapman, District 17 MicroBrewery Food Court and Coffee House
Chicken Cordon Bleu,
pico de gallo yogurt
 
Chef Adrian Davila, Adrian Davila BBQ
Smoked brisket Cuban Style
“Ropa Vieja” with arepas Colombianas
Jenn Stipp White, Brindles
Caramel apple pie ice cream with pecan crumble
Melissa Beverage, Cordillera Ranch
Roasted sweet potato and cinnamon cupcake
with cream cheese icing and black sea salt
Beverages
Wine: Serendipity Winery, Kuhlman Cellars and Bending Branch Winery
Beer: New Braunfels Brewing, Karbach Brewing and Highwheel Beerworks
Special thanks to Hardies Produce Company!

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