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Filling up the scholarship fund

The Epsilon Eta Chapter of the Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., in Gloucester recently renewed its annual, much-anticipated event, Black Men Cooking. 

This year, as in the past seven, except for 2015 when a blizzard created its own stop sign, the chefs donated their time and other resources to prepare their signature dishes, enough to feed 75-100 guests. Proceeds go toward the chapter’s scholarship fund for local students.

Sixteen men provided a gourmet dinner in buffet style. James Stokes and Harold Dean Corbin have been chefs ever since the event started. James always makes shrimp and grits, while Harold prepares fried venison.

The youngest member of this cooking staff was Christopher Tucker. A high school senior and resident of Hampton, Christopher prepared rolls. Pie-makers were John L. Perrin and Deshaun Marshall. John, who is physical education teacher and track and field coach at Gloucester High School, made his famous sweet potato pie. Deshaun, who is with the managemen...

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