It’s the middle of the afternoon – two hours until dinnertime – and Chef Howard Agnew and his team are focused on meal prep. They’re chopping the chicken, dicing the vegetables and stirring the sauce. Tonight’s menu is orange sesame chicken and Agnew is expecting hundreds of guests.
They greeted in the park as if they were old friends: The two moms, Leah Carroll and Emily Geyer, embraced. Geyer’s three children — Crawford, Lawson and Eve — arrived swinging colorfully packaged gifts for Carroll’s 4-year-old son with special needs, Malachi. Even though that sunny playdate in early June was only their second encounter, it was clear the families had already made a lasting impression on one another.