One of our favorite caterers, Holly Hambright, has opened her new sandwich shop in one of our favorite former dives, the infamous Corner Lounge on Central Avenue. “The Corner,” of course, was home for many years to the legendary Con Hunley, one of our favorite entertainers.
With all these favorites in mind, Alan and I were pleased to receive an invitation to the most recent “Raise the Roots” fundraising dinner benefiting Beardsley Community Farm. Appropriately renamed Holly’s Corner, the small eatery at 842 Central, was a great setting for the dinner that previously has been held at The Tomato Head on Market Square and The Plaid Apron in Sequoyah Hills.
The great folks at Beardsley Community Farm are raising money to construct a new education center at the farm. The new facility will contain a kitchen for cooking demonstrations and — this was announced to loud applause — bathrooms!
“We depend on volunteers every single day to provide food for the community,” said Khann Chov, the farm manager. “This will be an important facility to help them do their work.”
Beardsley Community Farm is an urban demonstration site that has promoted food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach since 1998. It is operated on seven acres on the site of the former Beardsley Junior High School by a team of AmeriCorps members and community volunteers overseen by the Community Action Committee.
We go to a lot of fundraising dinners in very nice places like Cherokee Country Club and Blackberry Farm. But, I have to say, the simple vegetarian fare served at the semi-annual Raise the Roots dinners for Beardsley Farm is among our favorite meals.