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Tablespoons Bakery serves up culinary training, education

Kemani Turton-Jones carries a flag out to the front steps early on July 20, officially opening Tablespoons Bakery for the day.

Turton-Jones then heads back inside with Brianne Bannister — the lead site educator at Tablespoons — to prepare a new batch of cookies. Taylor Swift serves as their musical accompaniment.

The Forest Hill bakery is a vocational culinary training program that provides employment opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities.

Turton-Jones was a member of the first class in 2017.

Check out VPM News Focal Point's coverage of Tablespoons Bakery.

Shaban Athuman was born in a Tanzanian refugee camp and grew up in Roanoke, where he fell in love with photography.