Cafe Momentum Dishes More Than Just a Good Meal

Putting Youth Offenders to Work

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You in the kitchen is like The Bachelorette without a wannabe musician — it never happens.

Feed your hunger at Cafe Momentum, a traveling restaurant concept singing a different tune. Launched last month, the nonprofit pop-up aims to help juvenile offenders get back on track and stay there.

Manning the grill (and the fryer and the dessert station) are young men from Dallas County Youth Village, a residential facility for nonviolent offenders ages 13 to 17. It’s all part of a program that dishes paid internships and the chance for the boys to get real-world job experience and some killer chef recommendations.

The first dinner sold out, so get on board now for the next one, when Randall Copeland of Restaurant Ava will oversee the boys’ preparation of seared scallops with okra, pork tenderlion with corn fritters, beef filet with smoked poblano potato gratin, and fried peach pie with honey lavender ice cream.

Now that’s our kind of reality.

The event is July 10, 6 p.m., at El Centro College, Food and Hospitality Service Dining Room, 801 Main Street. For more information and tickets ($75), go to cafemomentum.org.

Photo: Spencer Jay / Courtesy of Cafe Momentum

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El Centro College
801 Main St
Dallas, TX 75202