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July 18, 2019

As one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time , the UN chief said: Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice . He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them , Mr. Guterres spelled out. [...]

December 14, 2018

A delectable dinner was served when chef, author and television personality Carla Hall hosted a pop-up dinner on Tuesday at the Brownsville Community Culinary Center to benefit the Melting Pot Foundation, an initiative that provides individuals of underserved communities with professional culinary training. [...]

December 6, 2018

Check out this video on the Brownsville Community Culinary Center from the Huffington Post! [...]

July 5, 2018

On a Saturday afternoon in Brownsville when everyone expected it to rain, Barkim Webster stood in line with his son waiting for a hamburger slider. The burgers on the grill were not from a chain restaurant, however, but from a school, prepared by people from the neighborhood who were training to serve him. [...]

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. [...]

May 15, 2018

Southern food, soul food, and barbecue are popping up in more and more restaurants across the country, but many of the people who are bringing this food to fancy restaurants look, unsurprisingly, very little like its original creators. Everyone s attracted to our seasonings, our food, but they want to flip it, without understanding where we come from, said chef Michael Twitty, speaking at the Brownsville Community Culinary Center last week. People love the cooking of black and brown folk. They love it more than they love us, that s the problem. [...]

December 27, 2017

At the Brownsville Community Culinary Center, a new group of participants was tackling its first baking class. They were kneading dough and mostly silent as they focused on their work. The teacher darted in and out of the well-equipped back room. Out front, another group took orders and prepared meals in the open kitchen... [...]


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