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Fresh Virginia foods for your July 4 table

People who watch the Virginia Farm Bureau’s “Heart of the Home” show on YouTube will find that Chef Tammy Brawley of Richmond is a familiar face.

Owner of The Green Kitchen in Church Hill, Brawley operates a full commercial kitchen and a private seating area for dinners and parties. Menus are customized.

Tammy is also a personal chef delivering meals weekly to 8-10 clients and is still host to small cooking classes. She also appears on WTVR-6 “Virginia This Morning” program and is the host for the Virginia Farm Bureau of its show “Heart of the Home” which airs weekly.

She came to this career as a change in life. In 2005, while visiting the local YMCA, Tammy had an insight. She said, “I was on the treadmill reading a magazine article titled ‘Finding Your Dream Job, Making Money Doing Something You Love.’ I started to truly wonder what that would look like for me. What did I have to do? I kept coming back to cooking.

“I thought about all food-related careers. I did not want ...

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