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Building community through food

As part of the University's celebration of African American Heritage Month, Carolina Dining Services and the Black Student Movement hosted a Mama Dip’s takeover at Chase Dining Hall.

On most days, getting a chance to eat Mama Dip’s signature fried catfish, okra and tomatoes, and cornbread requires a trip to the restaurant’s Rosemary Street dining room.

On Feb. 18, though, Carolina students were able to fill their trays with the classic cuisine without having to leave campus to do it.

As part of the University’s celebration of African American Heritage Month, Carolina Dining Services and the Black Student Movement hosted a Mama Dip’s takeover at Chase Dining Hall. Named for Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, who passed away in 2018, the restaurant has become a Chapel Hill institution known for its Southern, homestyle menu.

The event not only provided hundreds of students with a delicious dinner, it also gave Tar Heels a time to connect over an important part of African American culture.

“One thing we know with food: it’s one thing that really can just get people to come together to enjoy different cultures,” said Tamiya Troy, a Carolina junior and vice president of the Black Student Movement. “It’s a great way for us all to just understand each other.”

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