Adams Sponsors Bowie High Culinary Program
According to Kent Ewing, the principal at Bowie High School, the seeds of the relationship between Adams Extract and Bowie High School were planted when he and Adams met at a civic-group banquet downtown. At the dinner, they began a dialogue about ways that Austin businesses might help Austin schools. The result was that Ewing invited the officers of the Adams Company to hold a luncheon business meeting at the Bowie Culinary Program's dining room, catered by the students. Adams was so impressed by what he saw (and ate), that the company became a sponsor on the spot and has remained one ever since.
Ewing says that establishing that first corporate sponsor relationship opened all kinds of doors with other local businesses, who have also become culinary-program sponsors at Bowie and the other high-school programs. Together, the business sponsors provide the culinary programs with much-needed equipment, supplies, mentoring, guest lectures, and job placement.
I asked Principal Ewing about the Adams Company's role as sponsor to the Bowie Culinary Program. He explained that they supply all the spices and flavorings used in the kitchen, they create gift baskets for each Student of the Month, and they have donated a washer and dryer for student uniforms and the dining-room table linens. Chef Richard Winemiller told me that the Adams' lab provides guest speakers on topics like the production and history of spices, and the uses of herbs, spices, and flavorings in the kitchen.
When I inquired about the Adams Extract banner that is prominently displayed in the Bowie dining room, Ewing said, "I can't imagine the Bowie culinary program without the support of John Adams. That flag is more than just decoration; it is symbolic of a real partnership between this school program and the Adams Company."
I asked how many students have been influenced by Adams' sponsorship. Ewing thought about it for a minute, and then said, "Well in 12 years, at least 1,000 students have gone through the culinary program at Bowie. Every one of them has benefited in some way from Mr. Adams' generosity."
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