This is a follow up to this event – what a great time! I posted more picture son Facebook – but for now, let’s just say THANK YOU to Grace Living Center for inviting the community out for this wonderful day of SOUL FOOD AND FUN!
This is a really neat event celebrating its 10th anniversary – a Soul Food festival at Grace Living Center. We met these folks the first time a few years ago when I was at the Fox 25 Morning news, and I’m helping get the word out on this year’s event, Friday Feb 19th from noon to 3pm.
They are already preparing over 2,000 pounds (A TON!) of meat plus dressings and fixings for the event. there’s live music, etc. Well, you can read the press release below for more info!
Hope to see you there!
Grace Living Centers
Media Release For more information,
Contact, Theresa Green
For Immediate Release
A Ton of Soul Food to be Served Up at Annual Event
Grace Living Center Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Ever wondered what a ton of food really looks like?
Grace Living Center – NE 21st won’t be wondering. It will be cooking up more than a ton of food to feed thousands from the community as it hosts its tenth annual Soul Food Festival this week.
It all starts with a cooking marathon unlike any other in the state. For 76 hours, the dietary team at Grace Living Center – NE 21st and dozens of volunteers will work to prepare over two thousand pounds of meat and hundreds of pounds of dressing, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, breads and desserts.
When the feast is ready, the home opens its doors to welcome the community in for food, fun and camaraderie. Grace estimates Soul Food Fest has served up meals to more than 25,000 guests over the past decade.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, February 19th from noon to 3 pm at Grace Living Center, 1921 N.E. 21st Street in Oklahoma City. In addition to the free food, the anniversary celebration features the blues band On Hit Music, dancing and a balloon drop in honor of the tenth anniversary of the event.
Eighteen meat dishes are on the mouth-watering menu including 150 pounds of ribs, 180 pounds of brisket, 150 pounds of fried chicken, 80 pounds of pork chops, 100 pounds of meatloaf, and 140 pounds of pigs’ feet as well as ample amounts of catfish, ham, pot roast, oxtail, and turkey. Vegetables range from sweet potatoes and fried okra to corn on the cob and cole slaw. Rolls, cornbread, pies, cobblers and cakes round out the meal.
Soul Food Fest was started in 2000 by Sharon Dutton, administrator of the home, and Margaret Wright, director of dietary services. It has been a labor of love ever since.
Started as a way for the homes’ residents and family, friends and members of the community to connect, Soul Food Fest has become a reunion of sorts, as family members and old friends come together to share a meal with the home’s residents and staff. Guests come from all over Oklahoma to share in the event.
“People can come in and visit with our elders and it reminds them that we’re here,” said Dutton, adding that it’s a great opportunity to help residents of the home remain connected to their community.
Wright, head cook Hazel Goode, the dietary staff and volunteers will work in shifts, cooking 24-hours a day to have everything ready when guests arrive Friday.
Wright, who has worked at the home for over 30 years, added “We’re here to love our residents and to keep happiness in their lives,” said Wright of the motivation that keeps them going throughout the cooking marathon.
It is a dine-in only meal, served free of charge to anyone who would like to attend.