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Meet Judy Reed Wells, our Volunteer of the Month

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Judy.pngA resident of Sunnyside, Judy was encouraged to learn more about Recipe for Success Foundation after a posted Hope Farms sign caught her eye. She stopped to have a conversation with Justin Myers, Chief Agricultural Officer, learning how the farm would positively impact her community, bringing "fresh fruits and vegetables...at low cost". Judy was inspired to call the RecipeHouse office and learn about volunteer opportunities. She quickly spread the word about the work of Recipe for Success amongst her neighbors and friends, encouraging several Sunnyside residents to promptly attend the next available volunteer orientation, ready to dedicate their time and energy at the farm. Since first zealously recruiting volunteers, Judy has seized every opportunity to be involved, working on the farm, assisting in Girl Scout cooking classes, and helping fundraise at our exclusive events. No matter the task, she always brings her infectious energy and passion for the organization.

With little baking experience, Judy finds volunteering with the Girl Scout cooking classes particularly beneficial and interesting, feeling she learns "just as much as the girls". She especially looks back fondly on her time working at the Dress for Dinner event this past March. She had the opportunity to speak with event host, Tammie Johnson, who spoke passionately about the negative effects improper eating habits can have on the whole self and was touched to learn about her personal experience. Judy feels Tammie embodies the efforts of Recipe for Success and is proof that learning to cook and eat properly promotes great health and self-esteem.

Because of the multidimensional impact the organization has on surrounding communities, Judy is inspired to continue volunteering. She enjoys being a part of a dynamic organization that affects positive change, understanding healthy delicious food is "a vital link to maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit". An added reward is the chance to work with a motivating team of staff, volunteers, and supporters who share a sincere love for the community, health, and the environment.

When she's not devoting several hours of personal time to Recipe for Success Foundation, Judy spends time with her husband, Robert, owner of Wells and Son Carpet Cleaning and Floor Care, and substitute teaches at Carnegie Vanguard High School for gifted and talented students. Hope Farms is developed on the land where the former Carnegie High School was located. She and other Sunnyside residents are happy the land is now utilized for a purpose that will enhance the community and feels the farm can be a source of pride for her Sunnyside community. "I smile when I drive past the corner at Scott and Airport," she says. You make us smile, too, Judy! Thank you for your heart and dedication!

Health & Bohemian Fashion

Recipe for Success
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IMG_0953.jpgRecipe for Success hosts Haute Hippie at Neiman Marcus for VIP dinner party Annual "Dress for Dinner" bash celebrates healthy eating and bohemian fashion during two-part bash Reported by Amber Elliott for The Houston Chronicle on March 3, 2017

"When I heard about Recipe for Success, it really touched my heart," [chair Tammie] Johnson said in between courses. "Young children need to understand that their brain, heart, and body all function best with good food."

The whole story from Amber: "Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar is usually all about the food. On Thursday evening, however, she invited mother/daughter duo Tammie Johnson and Brittany Randolph to chair an evening in celebration of another popular f-word: fashion.

Neiman Marcus hosted the party-in-two parts located on the Galleria department store's third floor. There, a stylish crowd gathered for Haute Hippie's bohemian-chic runway show; Neal Hamil models sashayed down the catwalk in gunmetal-accented, vintage-inspired pieces - a timely presentation for last minute Houston Livestock and Rodeo-wardrobe shopping.
Afterward, select VIPs slinked away for an intimate dinner at in-house eatery, Mariposa. Most got the "intimate" memo, anyway. One particularly raucous table brought Steak48-level energy to the private soiree, though Cavnar handled their revelry in stride.

"We manage to teach kids that healthy foods can be delicious, easy, and fun," she said above the noise, concisely explaining her organization's MO. "Now I invite you all to pull out your phones and search for an app called 'VegOut.' Vegetables are the new black."

The digital tracker helps "VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Day Challenge" participants try 30 different vegetables in 30 days during the month of March. In keeping with the theme, Union Kitchen's chef Henry Hopkes served minestrone soup, zucchini and mushroom stuffed lasagna, and a berry tart to dinner-goers.

"When I heard about Recipe for Success, it really touched my heart," Johnson said in between courses. "Young children need to understand that their brain, heart, and body all function best with good food."
Good food will be the focal point of the organization's signature spring fundraiser, Delicious Alchemy, a 10-plate dinner event held at Becca Cason Thrash's legendary party pad next month. Only 10 seats (out of 100) remain.
Haute Hippie's newly appointed creative director, Cady Vaccaro, won't be at the April bash, though she made sure to get her fill of local flavor during this - her first - trip to the Bayou City. A knowledgeable server at Pax Americana gamely wrote recommendations on a napkin the night prior. His top suggestions? The Pastry War, Bad News Bar, and Anvil all came highly endorsed.

Thursday's attendees walked away with buzz-worthy swag. In addition to Aerin rose oil and body cream, guest Theresa Roemer placed copies of her new book, "Naked in 30 Days: A One-Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind, and Spirit in Shape," inside each bag.

After a month of healthy eating, one would hope to be in peak physical shape, right?"

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