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Brunch and Conversation: East End Table at Last Organic Outpost

The following post was provided by Dalida U. Anthony of Brunch and Conversation.

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a cultural community experience at the 2nd East End Table (EET) event. EET hosts unique pop-up dinners showcasing the neighborhood’s notable chefs and creative talents, and also preserve the culture of Houston’s East End. The event is hosted by the East End Foundation, and looks to celebrate the history, culture and neighborhoods of the east end while strengthening and enhancing the community.

The feast took place at Last Organic Outpost, one of the city’s biggest community gardens, on Saturday from 2p-5p. This farm-to-table dinner offered guests a unique outdoorsy dining experience, as we were all in tune with the food we ate. Guests had the opportunity to tour this huge garden led by head farmer Joe Icet, followed by a unique diner prepared with seasonal farm produce and locally sourced meats, all prepared by Chef Gina Lopez of Black Hill Meats, who recently won an award at the ” Go Pig or Go Home” cooking competition. As we ate, we enjoyed sounds from a local artist Myrna Garibay.

The dinner consisted of a deliciously creamy sweet potato soup(which I confused with pumpkin for their somewhat similar tastes). Followed by a spring salad made with organic vegetables, oranges, and cacti mixed in with a light vinaigrette. Then a light pasta salad, which I unfortunately didn’t get to eat much of as we ran from the rain. The experience continued with Roasted green vegetables prepared with coconut milk, habanero, and topped with cilantro and pickled carrots. The dish of the evening was the roasted Pig( from Black Hill Meats), sauteed with ground bacon, garden greens, brown sugar and whisky glaze.

Proceeds from the event will support cultural projects in the East End Cultural District.


East End Improvement Corporation (EEIC) and Wells Fargo unveiled the first of seven BCycle “Art Stations” as part of a community program to connect residents and visitors to public art and businesses in East End Houston. The unveiling ceremony included the donation of 36 bicycles and helmets to East End students in coordination with local non-profit Wellness On Wheels (WOW). 
longest-serving urban farms, Finca Tres Robles, is getting ready for some big changes in the year ahead. Umbrella organization Small Places is transitioning to a 501(c)(3) to help revamp the farm and increase its impact in serving the East End community. In the months ahead, Finca Tres Robles will be celebrating 7.5 years of work in the East End as it pauses field operations at the end of 2021 to prepare for its next chapter.

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