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Chef Terry Will Serve Up Soul Food and Thoughts on "Food Justice"

by Bill Giduz

Chef Bryant TerryDavidson College invites the public on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 22, to presentations by African American vegan soul food chef Bryant Terry. Terry has written three soul food cookbooks, and is an ardent advocate for food justice.

He will speak about his work, and conduct a cooking demonstration, beginning at 6 p.m. on October 21 in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. There is no charge to attend.

On October 22 he will create the menu and host a luncheon as guest chef at the college's main dining hall, Vail Commons, from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The door price for the meal will be $10.25. Terry will be on hand to talk with diners.

A native of Memphis, Terry lives in Oakland, Calif. He draws ingredients from foods found in local gardens and farmer's markets for sustainable, nutritious cuisine. Terry also founded b-healthy! as part of the food justice movement, which is designed to help low-income youths adopt and keep healthy eating habits.

Since graduating from culinary school, Bryant's guiding mantra has been "Start with the visceral, move to the cerebral, and end at the political." Because many people are detached from having pleasurable experiences with wholesome, fresh food, Bryant believes that empowering people to cook at home and share meals with family and friends is a revolutionary first step towards food justice.

He is the author of The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus and Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, He is also the co-author of the cookbook Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen.

For more information on his appearance at Davidson, call Craig Mombert at 704-894-2600.