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June 26, 2018

Not much upsets Chef Benjamin B.J. Dennis, but any mention of black-eyed peas strikes a particular nerve. Back home, Dennis has access to more than 20 varieties of field peas, including several rare heirloom types, yet dried black-eyed peas are the only ones he sees on the menus of most southern restaurants. It s probably one of the worst-flavored peas, he said, shaking his head. I can t stand it. [...]

June 14, 2018

Brownsville Community Culinary Center offers a 40-week paid training program, helping a rotating cohort of neighborhood residents pursue careers in food. It s morning at the Brownsville Community Culinary Center (BCCC) and the colorful caf and restaurant are closed. Parliament Funkadelic is playing over the speakers, and in the open kitchen at the back of the dining room, participants in black chef coats cut chicken breasts into strips as prep for a catering order, some nodding their heads to the music as they complete their work while some laser-focused on their tasks. [...]