Raised in East New York, 22-year-old Francesca Chaney grew up in an apartheid food desert with limited access to affordable plant-based foods. Connecting the ties between food, holistic wellness and economic equity is the driving mission behind her restaurant, Sol Sips, a vegan eatery in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s an evolving community-centered space where dishes inspired by Francesca’s Caribbean, Midwestern and Southern roots provide nourishment both in and outside of the restaurant through sliding-scale brunch, upcoming collaborations with local farms, and free ongoing cooking classes for people from Bushwick to East Flatbush.

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