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For immediate release Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
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Birmingham Public Library                          
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Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals, L.I.F.E. Ministries donating 15 Chef Terry event tickets to West End youth
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals and L.I.F.E. Ministries are donating 15 tickets to the Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 Eat Drink Read Write festival kickoff event featuring Chef Bryant Terry  to youth affiliated with the West End Community Gardens.

The BPL Young Professionals will be donating 10 tickets (valued at $200) and L.I.F.E. Ministries will donate 5 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 6-8 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Central Library downtown, are available at".

Chef Bryant Terry of Oakland, Calif. 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,

L.I.F.E. 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 BPL Young Professionals, and he felt supporting the West End Community Garden was a worthy cause. You can find out more about the garden at  

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

The 2016 Eat Drink Read Write festival was made possible by BPL partners including the Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals Board, Deep Roots Apotheké, Dining Out with Comedienne Joy, Coca-Cola Bottling United, Jim 'N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Silvertron Café, Tutwiler Hampton Inn & Suites, Harvest Roots Farm, Forage & Ferment, Michael's Restaurant, Kalisha DigiMedia, Golden Flake, the Junior League of Birmingham, SweetWater Brewing, Cahaba Brewing, Band of Brothers Brewing, Cathead Vodka, Ranch House, Tropicaleo, Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Revolve, Jersey Boys, Edolyn's Pies, Cowboy Chicken, Redeaux Café, and Not Just
When:  Saturday, Oct. 1 – Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Where:  Central Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham 
Details: Six-day schedule online at
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