Chef Didi Emmons has got something cooking
This summer, chef Didi Emmons (pictured) will bring Mattapan teens and neighborhood seniors together to talk about culinary specialties from different cultures, and teach the teens how to make them. The author and former chef at Hayley House in Dudley Square — she teaches kids and adults there now — will solicit people in the community to tell their stories to keep their culinary history alive. Brookwood Community Farm, located in Milton and Canton, is donating all the food and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation is funding the project. Emmons is interested in cachupa, a Cape Verdean meat and bean dish, papusas, the El Salvadoran stuffed breads, and pastelitos, savory Dominican pies. Vivien Morris, founder of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and director of the Office of Racial Equity and Health Improvement at the Boston Public Health Commission, will help Emmons make all the dishes as healthful as possible. Registration deadline is July 8. For more information, call 617-433-7050.