Hope Farms will host two events this weekend to celebrate Earth Day and to raise money for its foundation, Recipe for Success. The seven acre farm is located just minutes from downtown Houston, growing fresh produce in a food desert. Gracie Cavnar founded Recipe for Success in 2005 with the help of 24 Houston chefs. Its mission is to teach, empower and inspire healthy eating with a focus on combating obesity in children.

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The festivities begin Saturday April 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Earth Day Family Festival and Picnic. The event is free and offers the Saturday produce market, kid-friendly cooking and gardening classes, plus chicken and bee demonstrations. The Pancake Breakfast runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a $5 per person donation is appreciated. Saint Arnold's Brewery will be there with samples of its Lawnmower Beer and root beer.

The Chefs in the Field Earth Day Supper on April 7 will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Farms. Attendees will begin in the Kitchen Garden with a specialty cocktail created by Treaty Oak Distillery. Guests will also be able to explore the farm and watch the chefs cooking over live fire. Chefs Rakesh Nayak (Common Bond), Jeff Auld ( On the Kirb) and Kevin Naderi (Roost) will create a three-course supper with fresh produce from the farm and locally sourced ingredients. The meal will be served at a long communal table in the Gathering Barn. The cost is $75 for cocktails and bites, $250 for the three-course dinner, with all proceeds going to the Recipe for Success Foundation.

For additional details and to purchase tickets go to https://conta.cc/2EZrYGN

Crawfish Boil at Down House


Saturday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1801 Yale



Down House will host its first crawfish boil and cook-off with Chefs Cassy, Jared and Madison competing for best boil. It's a good deal for $25, which includes three pounds of crawfish and a can of Eureka Heights beer. The tough decision will be whether to have traditional, Viet-Cajun or super spicy. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.