Students Bring Food from the Garden to the Table

Students from The Colony High School will team up with local chefs to create delicious meals for Saturday's Garden to Table event.

The event has six local chefs partnering with students from the high school culinary program to curate an eight course meal.

The teams will use ingredients from Independence Gardens, a garden located on Independence Elementary School, where students plant and grow all their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Chonnie Richey founded Independence Gardens in 2013.

Richey, who has children attending Independence Elementary School, said she wanted a place where students could grow their own food and know where it comes from.

“What we have found is that in the state of Texas, there is really minimal funding when it comes to school nutrition programs, so what we’ve done is really provide a way for kids to really interact and connect with food,” Richey said.

Depending on the season, the students grow everything from strawberries, broccoli, cilantro, and more.

“It’s actually really fun for students to be hands-on,” said Brianna Surti, an 11-year-old student who has spent time planting in the garden.

The Garden to Table event will be a chance for the students to learn how to cook healthy, locally grown meals that taste good.

"You have these children that are learning about school nutrition, and they are not only making healthy food choices for themselves, but for the community at large," Richey said.

Chef Matt Mccallister of FT33 will be one of the chefs, along with Chef Robby Hooker, Chef Oscar Miranda, Chef Jennifer Bajsel, Chef Eddie Guttierez, and Chef Joe Baker.

The event starts at 6:30pm at Independence Elementary School. Tickets are $75.

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