July 2, 2013

Photos by Phillip Shinoda and Allison McLean, SpiltCoffee Creative

Environmentalists, foodies and friends of Promise of Peace Community Garden gathered at the LOT on East Grand to sample gourmet okra dishes and listen to great music at Okra Palooza. The event raised funds to help the community garden move to a new location at White Rock United Methodist Church. Professional chefs and home chefs presented their entries for the Okra Palooza prize.  









The champion in the professional category was Graham Dodds.  He  is Central 214′s award winning Executive Chef, known for his passion for using locally sourced ingredients for farm to table cooking. 

The champion in the home cook division was Greg Brown whose Fried Okra Wonton with pickled okra and vegetables was the winner. 





The event was also a celebration of the move by Promise of Peace Community Garden to a new location at White Rock United Methodist Church. In addition to the garden, the new facility will have classroom space for Kid Kamp, office space and restrooms. It also has a commercial kitchen and space for events. Mitchell Boone, associate pastor of White Rock UMC, and his wife attended OkraPalooza.

"A garden is a magnet for greatness"  -- Elizabeth Dry, executive director of Promise of Peace Community Garden

Learn more about Promise of Peace Community Garden at http://promiseofpeace.us/ or facebook  

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