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It's the SO-O-O-O-O-O-O-ul Food Festival! Free lunch for all who attend

Grace Living Center, 1921 NE 21 St., is hosting its 15th Annual Soul Food Fest from noon to 3 p.m. today.

It’s a free event but donations are accepted, allowing the kitchen staff to strut it’s stuff and allow residence to visit with the community. I’ve attended this event, and it’s a wonderful chance to eat some great food and offer support and kindness to our folks who helped make the city we currently enjoy.

Preparation of more than a ton of food began last week for the event. Ribs, fried chicken, catfish, brisket, pot roast, and pigs feet will be served with fried okra, greens, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and made-from-scratch desserts like sweet potato pie, banana pudding, cheesecake and peach cobbler.

Margaret Wright is the grand dame of the kitchen at Grace. She’s a kitchen dynamo who has devoted her life to the service of those who need it most. She started this event back in 2000, when only a few hundred folks showed. Tomorrow, Grace Living Center will boast a line out the door that would make even Nic’s Grill blush.

"We love cooking and we love having the community join our residents for this special event," Wright said.

As usual, the vent will include live music from E and E Blues Express, providing a mix of soulful blues and jazz to make the home cooking set a little sweeter.

If you’ve got some time for good food and good folks, head over to Grace Living Center.


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Dave Cathey

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