Omnivore - Lucy loves soul food?
There was a great story in yesterday's New York Times about the Soul Food Museum in the Sweet Auburn District. The writer, Shaila Dewan, interviewed the owner, Kenneth Willhoite. She writes:
While much of the collection is made up of products that are currently being made, and that visitors will ultimately be able to purchase, a few items are historic, like figurines of blacks in ingratiating poses that today would be considered derogatory.
â€œYou canâ€™t deny it, it was there,â€ said Mr. Willhoite, 48. But he worried that some of his objects would be taken out of his encyclopedic context, which is not limited to black-produced items any more than it is limited to say, healthy food.
Of a bag of â€œOriginal White Trash,â€ a snack mix coated in white chocolate, he said, â€œIf you put that in the article, you have to say it was made by a Caucasian.â€
Among the collectibles there was a tin of Lucille Ball â€œPredic-a-mints.â€ What, a questioner wanted to know, did that famous redhead have to do with soul food?
â€œSoul is the very essence of who we are. And she had it,â€ Mr. Willhoite explained. â€œWe all love Lucy. I wouldnâ€™t think of having a soul food museum without Lucy.â€
Read the entire story here.