Black Pearl Ann Arbor is committed to supporting our local community through social enterprise.

On August 21, 2016 Black Pearl partnered with Growing Hope to serve a “Farm to Table” fundraising dinner.

Chef James Wilhelm prepared a menu featuring locally, really on-site, grown vegetables. Vegetables were freshly harvested from local gardens and served on-site so the diners could enjoy the beauty of the late summer working urban farm. View the gallery of images.

During the event, Chef James served 50 guests starting with trays of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a family style dinner including:

  • Roasted Chicken
  • Chickpea salad with microgreen
  • Roasted potato, beet and sunflower shoots hash
  • Baba ganoush

Chef James explained each course and talked about how sustainable farming is near and dear to his heart. As a former grower, he acknowledged the work being done by Growing Hope and thanked them for a chance to ‘get out of the kitchen’ and create a meal that is ‘out of the box’.

Growing Hope offers a regular dinner series featuring an artisan-prepared meal by notable regional chefs, delicious beer and wines, and show-stopping desserts.

In 1999 the Perry Learning Garden was established in Ypsilanti, MI to bring garden-based learning to young people at the Perry Child Development Center and in the surrounding neighborhood. The Perry Learning Garden became Growing Hope, a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization, in 2003. Growing Hope began with the vision of using community and school gardens—and the education that they provide—as vehicles for positive social, economic, environmental, and neighborhood change. In 2005, recognizing that food insecurity is a key issue for many in the Ypsilanti area, we expanded the ways Growing Hope was providing access to and education around healthy food. Learn more.

Black Pearl’s focus on social enterprise stems from the owner’s, Harry and Jan Cohen, interest in doing well while doing good in the Washtenaw Community.