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With the holidays just around the corner, Independence Gardens will kick off the season by hosting a Southern Posh Picnic themed dinner at Pie 3.14 Everyday Eatery.   

The Garden To Table Pop Up dinner scheduled on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. - will be the Fall event highlighting fruits and vegetables grown at The Community Gardens at Independence Elementary - an Independence Gardens Network.   

“This upcoming dinner will be the highlight of 2015 for Independence Gardens.”  said Chonnie Richey, Founder, and Director of Community Partnerships for Independence Gardens.  “The Garden To Table dinner is becoming a signature event for IG - more so this time around - because it will showcase the work the students from The Colony High School Culinary Program have put in  - to plan and execute the event.  

The dinner will be led by Chef Otto G. Borsich II and Independence Gardens Founder Chonnie Richey.  Students representing The Colony High School will be the sous chefs for the evening.   

“Otto and I refer to them as our sous chefs - but it’s the other way around.”  said Chonnie Richey.  “These talented students are prepping, tasting, plating, and implementing the whole evening.  All we’re there for is feedback!”  

The collaborative nature of the event is a goal for Independence Gardens.  Partnership with the District is key to the organization’s overall mission.  

“As a parent-led organization, we fully believe in LISD’s (Lewisville Independence School District) view that the education of our children is a shared responsibility.”  continued Chonnie Richey.  “For us, that means collaborating with local businesses, the District, campuses, and students - to ensure that our mission succeeds.”

Each of the dishes featured in the three course dinner (priced at $25 per person- will use an ingredient from the garden.)  Pie 3.14 will be donating the staff for the dinner. 

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to Independence Gardens and will support their mission to providing all children that live within LISD experiential edible outdoor programs that will provide every student  an engaging, meaningful, and transformative educational experience.

There will be limited seating for this dinner.  Tickets can be purchased at


About Independence Gardens: Independence Gardens is a 501c3, parent-led organization committed to partnering with schools in developing and implementing experiential edible gardening programs that will provide every student an engaging, meaningful and transformative educational experience. This uninhibited learning will be accomplished through working partnerships with our community and schools, aiding in implementation of curriculum that address sustainable and ecological gardening practices, and provide an avenue for students to develop life skills in areas such as nutrition, leadership, and decision making.  For more information, please contact Eunice Cruz at