Thousands fed at soul food fest

Oklahoman Published: February 17, 2012
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Grace Living Center – NE 21 celebrated community and culture with a ton of food and a whole lot of dancing at the 12th annual Soul Food Festival.

The event is held each year during Black History Month. About 2,000 folks attended the event Friday, Feb. 17, including residents of other Grace Living Centers in the metro area.

“It’s really good,” said Robert Campell, a resident of Grace Living Center – Edmond, as he happily feasted on a pile of beef brisket and ribs. “I think I’ll finish this whole plate.”

Anna Utano, 80, a resident of Grace Living Center – Bethany, stood up to sway to the live music of the E and E Blues Express.

“I love dancing and eating,” she said.

Laura Miller drove from Moore to try roasted pigs feet – which she declared “really, really good,” while Wilma Traylor of Oklahoma City said she had to find out if the food was as good as her own Soul Food specialties. And she said it was.

A team of cooks and volunteers led by dietary manager Margaret Wright prepared more than a ton of traditional Soul Food favorites– a job that had them working around the clock for days leading up to the event.

State Sen. Constance Johnson presented a citation of appreciation to the home for their efforts to honor seniors and their families.

“May God continue to bless this labor of love,” it concluded.