TK Chefs Feed Elementary Students Farm Fresh Fare with Promise of Peace Gardens


Top Knot chefs Alex Astranti and Devin McFarland were invited to feed Bayles Elementary students a farm-to-table meal on Monday. The Jingle Bayles event was hosted by Promise of Peace, a local Dallas non-profit who may sound familiar. We introduced them earlier this year when TK established their community garden beds in partnership with P.O.P.pop3

“Jingle Bayles was an epic demonstration of what could be on our plates at schools, churches and all gatherings,” said Elizabeth Dry, founder of Promise of Peace. A former teacher, Dry learned first hand that many students aren’t familiar with heathy food. To help educate them, tasting events like Jingle Bayles have always been an important part of P.O.P programing.pop4

On the menu to feed 600 hungry kiddos were vegetable focused dishes like swiss chard & grits, roasted beets, broccoli & heathy ranch, and cabbage slaw. Chef Alex made roasted cauliflower with salsa verde, almonds, raisins mixed in labneh. Most of the main ingredients were donated by Fresh Point and Whole Foods. A few herbs and other small produce items came from the P.O.P gardens.pop5

Chef Alex says he looks forward to doing more events like this in the future. Educating children about food was one of his main goals in founding the community gardens this past July. “Kids are poorly educated about their food choices,” says Astranti, “I believe some of {these kids}will be affected by this experience and it will make a difference in their food choices.”

The Jingle Bayles was the final event of a busy year for Promise of Peace. They built more gardens, held more events and most definitely made an impact on the way Dallas youth choose food. Top Knot will continue their garden bed maintenance through 2017. They will also be seeking out more opportunities to help educate their community through food. What better ways to make memories than through good food?



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