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September 12, 2013

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Photo: Vivian Howard owns the restaurant Chef and the Farmer with her husband Ben Knight.
Vivian Howard owns the restaurant Chef and the Farmer with her husband Ben Knight.
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Vivian Howard

Chef and The Farmer

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Working in famous New York City restaurants, Vivian Howard swore she’d never move back to her home state of North Carolina.  Then, in 2005, when she decided to open her restaurant, her family offered financial help with a catch: She had to open the restaurant near her home town.

"I was against it," she remembers.

But Howard and her husband Ben Knight wound up moving to the 20,000-population city of Kinston, N.C., and opened an upscale restaurant. In this conversation with host Dick Gordon, Howard says she surprised herself by how much she’d enjoyed dressing up Southern staples like okra, corn, bacon and oysters in her restaurant Chef and the Farmer.

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"Jelly Roll" by Charles Mingus; "Can I Kick It" by A Tribe Called Quest

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