For Chef Catrice Davis-Ford, veggie cooking is familiar
Catrice Davis-Ford, chef at Vegetarian's Pursuit Cafe, shows dishes including mock chicken salads, wraps and pasta dishes using textured vegetarian protein. The cafe is in the Review & Herald Publishing Association plant, south of Hagerstown. (Photo by Yvette May/Staff Photographer / November 20, 2012)
Yes, I have three boys — 16, 26 and 31. The 16-year-old is at home. My middle son is in Richmond. And the oldest son lives in New York with his wife.
I married a man who was diabetic. I made special meals. He could not have a lot of carbs. He could not eat a lot of sugars. But I lost him to diabetes.
I married again, and the husband I have now has diabetes as well. He loves to eat, but knows — with God's help (she laughs) — he knows that he has to take responsibility for himself. Not that I'm comparing the two, but it's a matter of what you choose to do.
Family food traditions make a difference to kids.
That's the way it was with my boys. The oldest one, he enjoys cooking. And he loves tools, too. Kitchen tools. (She laughs) He's always telling me about this new tool.
My middle child, he enjoys cooking, too. I made sure they were in the kitchen seeing some of the things I did. I said, "Whatever you decide to do with your life, you need to know how to make a meal for yourself."
My youngest child — I'm still working on him. He has a different personality. His approach to cooking is "Put it on my plate."
What do you outside of cooking for fun?
Scrabble. And Words with Friends. I love word games. I grew up with games, and I have eight brothers and sisters. We didn't have a television. We entertained each other. (She laughs.) My husband plays with me sometimes. I have the Scrabble Deluxe Edition, the one that swivels.
So your family likes your cooking?
I ask my husband, "What do you have a taste for?" He says, "Whatever you want." He never fusses. The 16-year-old is another story. I put food on the table, and he'll say, "Can I order pizza?" He's exploring his options.
If you go ...
WHAT: Vegetarian's Pursuit Cafe
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; catering also available
WHERE: In the Review & Herald Publishing Association plant, 55 W. Oak Ridge, south of Hagerstown
CONTACT: Call 301-393-3082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE: Open to the public.