For His Temple presents a One-of-a-Kind Farm-to-Table Feast on Saturday, October 14.

Chef Dana Milford offers a unique presentation of five completely gluten-free courses featuring products from local farms. She locally sources the finest grass-fed meat and organic produce, emphasizing clean products that are grown and raised organically in the region of Northeast Louisiana. In addition, the meal is almost entirely dairy-free (and the chef is more than willing to accommodate this dietary option as well!)

If you are looking for a special dining experience that shines the spotlight on fresh, healthy food, For His Temple Family Foods is your destination!

There are only 28 seats to this exclusive event! Click here to purchase tickets. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Art Alliance. See the menu below.

First Course

*Chevre Crostini


Second Course

Chilled Purple Hull Pea & Heirloom Tomato Salad


Third Course

Pork and Mustard Green Soup


Fourth Course

Short Ribs Bourguignon with Seasonal Vegetables


Fifth Course

Fig Cake


*dairy-free option available

Three months of test cooking for a select group of families went well, so she moved forward. Next step, she leased a commercial kitchen & cooked to order. Using social media, meals were advertised & orders were taken. This phase went well & business grew, so she moved forward.

A suitable space was found in the Cultural District of West Monroe to open the restaurant and renovations began. There were crazy overnight trips to Dallas to pick up equipment, scrubbing, painting, planning, building, thinking, sweating, negotiating and praying. In September of 2015 the dream became reality and the doors opened. What started out as take home meals only has grown into daily lunch offerings, baked goods, casseroles to order and a Meal Rx service. God is always guiding and providing!

Dana’s philosophy on food is simple – it must nourish and it must taste good. Simple, right? Serving clean, primarily local, organic foods that are gluten free is #1 on the list of priorities. Local farms are her best friends & she is always seeking out new farms in northeast Louisiana that are committed to clean, sustainable agriculture. Cooking farm to table meals using handed down family recipes as well as creating new dishes using fresh, whole organic ingredients is her passion. She cooks 100% gluten free, primarily organic meals that feed the body & the taste buds.

Dana is married to the world’s best husband, Eddie. Sorry ladies, but he’s taken. Together they have 6 kids (5 grown, 1 at home), 4 kids in love, 7 grandkids (so far) - Mary Alice & Corey; Adam & Monica with Roland &  Waylon; Hannah & JD with Connor, Jaxon, Brooklyn &  Hudson; Tyler & Katelyn with Taliah; Caroline & Caleb. With a big family, Dana knows cooking most nutritious meals possible is so important. It’s a beautiful thing to live your passion!

Dana Milford
Chef & Owner, For His Temple- Monroe Louisiana
 

After leaving a 28 year mortgage banking career, Dana started down the path of opening a restaurant. Natural career progression, right? It is when God’s involved. In desperate need of something to do, quickly realizing retirement was NOT happening & after a lot of prayer – ok maybe a lot of whining to God – an idea developed of taking her love for cooking, combined with her passion for healthy foods & offering it to others?! What?! Open a restaurant? With no prior restaurant experience? Could it be done? Was this area ready for a whole food, sustainable, organic restaurant? She was told no. But if you know Dana, you know that is just fuel for her fire. She started by doing a pilot. What else would you do after that many years in corporate America?