Soul food the center of St. James event

Published 10:15pm Monday, October 14, 2013

Jazz, fried chicken, cornbread and other soul food favorites await Selma residents at the St. James Hotel after church on Sunday, Oct. 20. Members of the Selma City Council will once again don their cooking aprons in a fundraiser for the historic hotel.

The event starts at noon and will continue until food runs out. Meals cost $10 each. To-go options are also available.

Unlike previous fundraisers, the event — named Soul Food Sunday — will feature local jazz musicians, Ward 5 councilman Sam Randolph said.

“We’re trying to make it like a big family reunion festival,” Randolph said. “Most families like to eat with their families after church, so we are hoping they will come out for a good cause.”

Jazz artists will include Terry Chestnut, city council administrative assistant Temekia Sykes, city attorney Jimmy Nunn and others, Randolph said.

Though council members will help cook and serve food, Randolph said local chefs will also help whip up some southern favorites.

The pastor and his wife whose church has the most members attend the event between noon and 1:30 p.m. will receive a free meal. A second free meal will be given to the pastor and his wife whose church has the most members in attendance between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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