Oklahoma soul food expert Cassandra Gaines named to museum board
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
1/30/13 at 3:37 AM
A woman who has put her heart and soul into organizing an Oklahoma soul food cooking competition has been named to Southern Food and Beverage Museum's board of directors.
Cassandra Gaines is the manager of the Muskogee Civic Center, and she organizes the Dr. Martin Luther King Soul Food competition there.
But she is also a cook.
Gaines is creating an exhibit for the museum that will feature soul food and the culinary contributions made by black women. As a board member, she will also be representing Oklahoma, she said.
"It is truly, truly a blessing for them to even acknowledge me to be on the Southern Food and Beverage board," Gaines said. "Hopefully, it will result in them bringing tours to our city and us bringing tours to theirs."
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living-history organization that showcases food, drink and the related culture of the South. It is located at the Riverwalk Marketplace in New Orleans.
Although it is based in New Orleans, the museum celebrates all the cultures that make up the South's unique culinary heritage.
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