2014 Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon a Huge Success!
On Friday October 10, 2014 Keep Pearland Beautiful hosted the 11th annual Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon at the Pearland Community Center, with featured speaker Chef Monica Pope from Sparrow Bar + Cookshop and Beaver’s Restaurants in Houston. Chef Monica Pope dazzled the crowd with stories of her cooking philosophy, and provided a cooking demonstration utilizing kale, which participants got to sample (many trying kale for the very first time).
Over 215 participants helped Keep Pearland Beautiful raise over $22,000 for the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship and KPB education programs, both record highs for our annual event. To date, KPB has awarded $31,500 to graduating Pearland seniors pursuing higher education, through the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship.
The luncheon featured a catered meal by Casa Ole and desserts by both HEB Plus! and Nothing Bundt Cakes in Pearland, in addition to a silent auction, and native and adaptive plant sale.
Keep Pearland Beautiful would like to thank sponsors, donors, and participants for attending the luncheon. Your generous support enables KPB to fulfill its mission of making Pearland the cleanest, most beautiful city in Texas.
Texas-reared chef Monica Pope has been revolutionizing Houston’s culinary scene since she debuted her first restaurant in 1992. Pope shares her passion for connecting local farmers and consumers with cooking classes, an online cookbook “Eat Where Your Food Lives,” plus Sparrow Bar + Cookshop andBeaver’s restaurants. Pope has enjoyed national recognition in the form of a James Beard award nomination and a spot competing on the second season of Top Chef Masters (2010) on Bravo. She is the only female Texas chef to be named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine thanks to her inventive, “eat where your food lives” cooking style.
Keep Pearland Beautiful is an environmental non-profit affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. Founded in 1982 as Clean Pearland, KPB has been “empowering Pearland citizens to take responsibility for their environment” for the past 30 years. KPB currently serves over 10,000 households, with 250 members, through litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification programs. From organizing and running the first recycling program, to the development of hike and bike trails, initiating the Adopt-A-Spot program, to collecting Household Hazardous Waste and developing KIPPERS (Kids in Pearland Preserving the Environment through Responsible Service) in local middle schools, KPB continues to make a difference in the community in which we live, work, and play.