I recently had the pleasure of attending my dear friend Leah’s wedding. Leah is another Louisiana transplant living in DC. We met via our hubbies who were childhood best friends. I knew Leah & Adam’s wedding would be picture perfect. As an interior designer, Leah has impeccable taste. Anyone can tell you she is also a DIY Queen with a big heart – two things that were apparent in all aspects of the wedding.
|Adam & Leah and their Oskar!|
There were so many beautiful, unique and personal elements to Leah's wedding, I can't fit everything into one post! So, in light of the Thanksgiving holiday being just around the corner, I thought I'd start off with a post on the charitable and DIY food elements from Adam & Leah's big day.
|The appetizer spread. Photos Bonnie Sen.|
The ProStart Culinary Program is a nationwide, two year program that trains high school students for professional work in the food service industry. Essentially, the program aims to "bring the industry and the classroom together" to facilitate hands-on learning and training. Students in the program learn culinary techniques and management skills through real-world educational opportunities. ProStart is supported by the National Restaurant Association and state chapters. Currently, there are over 50 high school programs and more than 1,200 students enrolled across the country. For many students who are not pursuing the traditional college track, the ProStart Program gives them real world experience and transferable skills.
Leah's mother, Susan, had the brilliant idea to use the ProStart program to cater Leah and Adam's wedding. Susan is an art teacher at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge Louisiana and many of her talented art students are in the ProStart program. The students often brought Susan delicious things they cooked from across the hall. So, she got to thinking and asked Mr. Steve Oubre, the culinary teacher at Woodlawn, if the students would be up to the challenge of catering a real wedding. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Oubre had a small catering business and he was sure his students would be up to the challenge. So, Leah, Adam and her mom talked about the option and thought it would be wonderful to make a donation to the school’s program. Not only did the student participants gain some real world industry experience, but Adam and Leah were able to create their very own custom menu along with the chef and the kids in the program.
|Some of the Woodlawn High ProStart students having fun in the Red Eye photobooth.|
The pies were just the tip of the DIY iceberg at Leah & Adam's wedding. Stay tuned next week for DIY design & decor tips from my interview with Leah and more amazing pictures by her photographer, Bonnie Sen- including some cute pics of the oh-so-photogenic Oskar (below). Happy Thanksgiving!