WAXAHACHIE — With only a few short weeks to go, WHS art, culinary arts and horticulture classes are preparing for the inaugural Farm-to-Table dinner event on Nov. 5 hosted by Waxahachie Farmer's Market, the Downtown Merchants Association and the Ellis County Master Gardeners.
Tickets to the event include a harvest-themed five-course meal grown by the horticulture classes, prepared by the culinary arts department and a take home gift from the art classes.
Ellis County Master Gardeners Arlene Hamilton and Cheryl Sandoval are the promotion directors for the Farmer’s Market.
“We are both familiar with the farm-to-table dinner concept. We have talked for a number of years about how we thought it would be fun to do that with students” Hamilton said.
WHS art teacher Sean Cagle was approached by culinary art teacher Chef Joel Skipper prior to the start of the school year about the project.
“Skipper came to me after the Arlene and Cheryl approached him about the idea. Originally, he wanted us to create bowls he could serve with. We realized making a gift to take home would be better than serving on the pieces and sending people home with a dirty dish,” Cagle said.
Wasting no time at all, Cagle began assessing which returning students he would have and their level of enthusiasm and skill.
“We started on the projects the second week of school and I think we are well on our way. Our goal is to make 100 pieces because there are 100 tickets for sale,” Cagle said.
Advanced art students in ceramic courses ranging from sophomores to seniors have been working on the project their second week of school.
“I have about 110-120 students that are working on the project, but I’m encouraging my intro level classes to make something. I have about five or six students who have focused their attention solely on. Thankfully, I have some good ones,” Cagle said.
One of Cagle’s five or six students who has dedicated her time, WHS senior Emory Morrill, enjoyed the project which has inspired her even more so to pursue a career in art.
“I want to either go to Texas Christian University or the University of North Texas to study art. I’ve really perfected making small, ceramic bowls because of this project,” Morrill said.
The classes so far have produced around 50 bowls and are working diligently to complete the project on time.
“We have pieces that are drying, some that have been decorated and fired and some that are finished. They’re in all different stages,” Cagle said.
The event will take place from 5:00- 8:00 p.m. on Franklin Street, between Rogers and College Street on the square. For ticket information visit http://www.downtownwaxahachie.com/
Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL