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As the summer months come to a close, Independence Gardens will celebrate the end of Summer by hosting a Garden To Table Pop Up dinner at Pie 3.14 Everyday Eatery.

 The Garden To Table Pop Up dinner scheduled on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. - will be the first of two events that will highlight fruits and vegetables grown at The Community Gardens at Independence Elementary - an Independence Gardens Network.

 “I am very, very excited about this dinner!”  said Chonnie Richey, Founder, and Director of Community Partnerships for Independence Gardens.  “Part of our collaborative initiative is to implement more partnerships with local businesses.  This dinner also showcases all the hard work of the students and staff at Independence Elementary.”

 The Garden To Table dinner will be lead by Chef Otto G. Borsich II and Independence Gardens Founder Chonnie Richey.  

 “Otto and I first met at a tasting at Central Market.”  said Chonnie Richey.  “We were there to showcase some of the pastries I developed and here comes the Executive Chef of Central Market.  I can’t tell you how intimidating that was.  But after tasting the pastry - he looked at me and said - good work.  And a friendship was born.”  

 Both chefs have been waiting for the perfect time to work together or as Chonnie Richey will tell you - rumble in the kitchen.  And that opportunity will come during the Garden To Table Dinner.

 Each of the dishes featured in the three course dinner (priced at $25 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $5) - will use an ingredient from the garden.  Pie 3.14 (along with their vendors) will be donating the staff and additional ingredients for the dinner. 

 “Partnering with Independence Gardens is a natural fit for Pie 3.14.  The Castle Hills Community has been very supportive and every chance we can  - we give back to local organizations.” commented Sean Conner, Owner of Pie 3.14.  “And at Pie, we love the Garden to Table concept.  We get to use fresh ingredients in our food - and you can’t get any fresher than herbs and vegetables from your backyard.”

 One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to Independence Gardens and will go into funding two Outdoor Learning Spaces this school year.

 “As an organization, we couldn’t have asked for a better partner than Pie 3.14 to showcase this Garden To Table event.” said Eunice Cruz, Director of Operations for Independence Gardens.  “This event will help us with our mission to providing all children that live within the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) experiential edible gardening 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 http://www.independencegardens.org/garden-to-table.html.