The Brownsville Community Culinary Center Takes up Residence at Agern for a Summer Saturday Dinner Series

Christina Najjar | July 30, 2019 | Eat

Consider your next Saturday night sorted. Instead of trying to squeeze your way into the latest hotspot restaurant, instead, think outside the box and try the pop-up dinner series put on by the Brownsville Community Culinary Center. The BCCC is hosting a series of pop-up dinners in Agern every Saturday throughout the summer, offering their menu and chic Brooklyn-vibe.

In the spirit of good food and goodwill, Agern is donating their kitchen and dining room to The BCCC, a culinary training program, community center, café and bakery in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to take over for a series of Saturday evening dinners. Helmed by The BCCC’s chef, Charlene Johnson-Hadley, all proceeds benefit The BCCC and Melting Pot Foundation.


Each Saturday night through August 31, Executive Chef Charlene Johnson-Hadley and her team of BCCC participants will serve a rotating three-course menu, featuring vibrant dishes that celebrate the best produce summer has to offer. Guests can enjoy Jamaican-inspired appetizers such as Suya Beef Skewers and flavorful mains including, Escovitch Whole Red Snapper, served with festivals (fried dumplings) and coconut greens. Side items include Aleppo Pepper Avocado and Peach Malva Cake for dessert, offering a taste of the menu Chef Charlene has perfected at The BCCC.

Chef Charlene Johnson-Hadley told us, “As a chef, my objective is always to tell a story through my dishes, beginning with passion and ending with flavor. Hope to see you at our next Brownsville meets Midtown Pop up!”

Reservations can be made here, stay tuned for updates on menu and entertainment throughout the summer.

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