Well I have to give my greatest apologies for not getting this up quicker than this… But as I mentioned a week ago, Paul Quinn College is hosting Will Allen of Growing Power this coming Thursday night. Below is the official event info:

Paul Quinn College is thrilled to welcome urban farm expert Will Allen, a 2008 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” fellow who was listed as one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine in 2010. Allen, who earned the accolades as the icon for urban farming and sustainable food production, will visit the Food for Good Farm at Paul Quinn College at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14.

Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power of Milwaukee, WI, will be the keynote speaker for “A Community Cooks,” a fundraising event to benefit the college’s two-acre organic farm. The event will feature culinary stations across the farm manned by top executive chefs from the Dallas area. The list of participating chefs includes Graham Dodds of Bolsa, Julian Barsotti of Nonna, Janice Provost of Parigi, Jeff Harris of RedFork, Kelly Hightower of Nova, Tim Bevins of Craft Dallas, Randall Copeland of Restaurant AVA, Kate Nelson of Piecurious, and Orazio LaManna, chef for the Dallas Cowboys.

Paul Quinn College Food For Good Farm

Since the goal of the Food for Good Farm at Paul Quinn College, inaugurated with its first planting in 2010, is to be a source of hope and to provide healthy affordable food options for students and members of the community, “A Community Cooks” and Allen’s visit tie directly to the school’s mission to inspire and produce servant leaders.

“When I think of Will Allen, I think of the quintessential definition of servant leadership for the modern era,” Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell said. “He identified a need and he addressed it — that is what we are teaching our students to do.”

“A Community Cooks” is hosted by Dallas businessman and philanthropist Trammell S. Crow. Individual tickets for the event are $100 and are available at www.prekindle.com. Companies or organizations interested in attending the event may reserve tables for 10 to 30 people each. Table reservations range from $2,000 to $10,000 and may be purchased by calling Elizabeth Wattley, Paul Quinn College Director of Service Learning, at 214-379-5457.

Photos by Shawn Williams