CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville City Market gave a little taste of the upcoming Restaurant Week, which will be held July 15 to 23, with a demo from two local chefs.

Antwon Brinson and Jen Naylor were helping to celebrate the diversity of food. VPM hosted the event celebrating its new show “The Great American Recipe."

Naylor says she is excited to share her recipe, passed down from her mother, and that eating locally and seasonally has many benefits for your body, especially for people with allergies.

“It is so exciting. It’s an honor. I have actually been participating at the farmers' market for over 10 years and just trying to share you know, what is so good for you. Eating local, fresh and seasonal and fermented,” she said.

Antwon shared an Ethiopian-inspired dish to celebrate his heritage. 

“I think it’s extremely important. I think when you think about the United States and the different cultures and cuisines that we have here, especially when it comes to Ethiopian culture, it's an enigma for many people," he said. "So, the goal is to really break down some barriers not just with the okra but with the spices and introduce some new flavors to people.” 

Brinson is the owner of Culinary Concepts AB in Charlottesville and Naylor is the owner of Sussex Farm and the co-owner of Umma’s also in Charlottesville.