The Dallas culinary scene continues to mourn the sudden death of Tom Spicer, the eccentric urban farmer whose greens graced so many restaurant plates. The day after it was reported that Spicer died, poster board signs calling him a "Dallas hero" and offering condolences could be found on the fences of his East Dallas garden.
Condolences from chefs and foodies poured in on Facebook and Twitter, and many were jumping into Facebook conversations about how to best honor the life of such a quirky, well-loved guy, leading many people to wonder when memorial services for Spicer would be scheduled. Now, it looks as if Spicer's family and the culinary community have come together to throw an event that would've made the Spiceman smile.
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Last night, D Magazine's Nancy Nichols posted a public update on Facebook announcing that Spicer's son Erik is planning a celebration of life for his father on Sunday. Hosted at Stoneleigh P, the event will be much more of a party than a somber memorial service, evidenced by Nichols' comment that the party would start at 4 p.m. and go "till cain't party no mo," in true Spiceman fashion.
Full details are still in the works, but the current plan for Sunday is to have the chefs, foodies and friends who loved and worked with Spicer join together for an evening of potluck-style dishes, live music and storytelling. It is only a shame that the party won't be soundtracked by Spicer on the kalimbass.
Attendees of Sunday's celebration will also take home unique party favors -- seeds from Spiceman's unparalleled catalog of garden oddities and produce. Maybe if you're lucky, you can score some of those arugula seeds to plant in your own home garden. It won't be exactly the same, but you'll be able to honor the memory of Spicer in the best way we could think of -- keeping his crops alive.
Spicer's family is also raising funds to offset the costs that they are facing after their loss. Erik Spicer has plans to host memorials for his father in both Dallas and New Orleans, so that he can have a service near his family. At present, the fundraiser has raised over $6,000 of the original $8,000 goal. If you would like to contribute, you can check out the Spiceman's Memorial Fund page on GoFundMe.