Friday, September 30, 2016

Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals, LIFE Ministries Donating 15 Chef Terry Event Tickets to West End Youth

The Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals (BPLYP) and LIFE Ministries are donating 15 tickets to the October 1 2016 Eat Drink Read Write festival kickoff event featuring Chef Bryant Terry to youth affiliated with the West End Community Gardens.

The BPLYP will be donating 10 tickets (valued at $200) and LIFE Ministries will donate five tickets (a value of $100) to youth who help grow vegetables and other food at the West End Community Garden. Tickets to An Evening with Chef Bryant Terry, taking place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. October 1 at the Central Library, are available at

Chef Bryant Terry of Oakland, California, has built a national reputation as a vegan chef and food activist. During Saturday’s event, he will share his story and discuss his passion for creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. A 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, Terry is Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.

Bryant’s fourth book, Afro Vegan, published by Ten Speed Press/Random House in April 2014, was named by as one of the best cookbooks for 2014. Read more about Bryant at his website,

LIFE Ministries is led by Senior Pastor Christopher Stoutermire. Though his church is based in Shelby County, Stoutermire previously worked with youth in Birmingham through the Boy Scouts and other agencies. His wife serves on the board of the BPLYP, and he felt that supporting the West End Community Garden was a worthy cause.

“I believe in giving back, and felt this would be a great way for us to help youth in the inner-city,” Stoutermire said.

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