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Cowboy Breakfast Funds 17 Students to St. Philip’s Culinary


The Cowboy Breakfast Foundation presented a check for $15,000 Tuesday to St. Philip’s College to fund scholarships for students in its culinary arts program.

With tuition being $850, that will provide 17 scholarships.

Cowboy Breakfast Foundation lunch 2013The check was presented at a luncheon at Artemesia’s, the classroom/restaurant of the Tourism, Hospitality and  Culinary Arts department. The meal was prepared and served by students.

The culinary arts program is one of only 25 in the world rated exemplary by the American Culinary Federation.

“Thank you seems so insufficient because you change lives and impact generations. It’s not just one student that you give a scholarship to because so many of our students are the first ones in their families to go to college,” said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s.

“When it’s the first person in a family to go to college, your scholarship is impacting generations — that generation, the next generation and the next generation — because it becomes generational when one person in a family crosses that chasm that says you can’t do it.

“When they can go to college and they can get a college degree, it gives hope and inspiration for their siblings, for their loved ones, significant others — everybody thinks that if they can do it, then so can I,” Loston said.

Cowboy Breakfast photo GoodspeedThe funds were raised during the 35th annual Cowboy Breakfast sponsored by Jordan Ford on Jan. 25 at the parking lot of Cowboys Dancehall, which drew more than 55,000 people thanks to unseasonably warm weather.

“While putting on the world’s largest free breakfast, we use the opportunity with the help of our sponsors to raise funds for our scholarship,” said Chuck Cristian, a board member of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation. “St. Philip’s does a great job of helping the community and providing outstanding programs and opportunities for the citizens of San Antonio. This is our way of saying thank you.”

The next Cowboy Breakfast, the unofficial kickoff for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, will be Jan. 24 at Cowboys Dancehall.

More than 300 volunteers and dozens of sponsors help produce the event, recognized in 2001 as the World’s Largest Cooked Breakfast by the Guinness Book of Records. It routinely feeds between 30,000-50,000 people, depending on the weather.

Photograph by John Goodspeed

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The World’s Largest Free Breakfast Friday


Friday marks the annual return of the Cowboy Breakfast, an unofficial start of the rodeo season in San Antonio.

This year, the free breakfast runs from 4:30 to 9 a.m. at Cowboys Dancehall, 3030 N.E. Loop 410 near the Perrin Beitel exit. This is the latest location for the event, which has been held at places such as the Rim off I-10 and at Northstar Mall in the past.

The event, listed in the Guinness World Records as the largest free breakfast in the world, is sponsored each year by the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation, which raises scholarship funds distributed within the community.

Free coffee and breakfast are offered while numerous bands play in the background, helping warm up the usually chilly morning. (KENS 5 predicts the weather will be “cold, windy and wet” with showers likely and a low of about 38 degrees.)

The menu generally includes breakfast tacos, biscuits and gravy, tamales and more. But it’s San Antonio’s willingness to party at any hour of the day that makes the event so much fun.

See you there, rain or, well, not shine.

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