City, County officials attend Queen City Kale ribbon cutting

Published 7:20 am Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Dr. Portia Fulford held a ribbon-cutting event to open her new restaurant last weekend.

Several city and county officials attended and participated in the opening of Queen City Kale, which is owned by Fulford.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn, Dallas County Circuit Clerk Lynnethia Bennett, Selma City Councilwomen Christie Thomas, Lesia James and Jannie Thomas all participated in the ribbon cutting.

Former Selma City councilwomen Susan Youngblood and Angela Benjamin also attended. A member of U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell was also present.

Fulford, who ran Organpui Farms in the same location, said she’s looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m excited for myself and I’m excited for the city of Selma,” Fulford said.

Fulford thanked all of the city and county officials for coming out.

“Our grand opening was a huge success thanks to our leadership team, advisory board, local business owner, and community,” Fulford said.  “Thank you to our former Mayor, judges, city clerk, Congresswoman Sewell Office, the district attorney, chief of police, former council members, active council members, citizens of Selma, the Queen City Team, my family, and tourists from all over.”

Fulford credited Benjamin for supporting her.

“Councilwoman Benjamin has been supportive and amazing,” Fulford said.

Benjamin posted on Social Media that she’s proud of Fulford.

“I am happy to bear witness to this excellence,” Benjamin said.

Rhaheem Smith gave Queen City Kale high marks. “It is so high end,” Smith said.

Fulford said this is the first step in many for the Queen City.

“Queen City Kale is a symbol of our community, strength, and togetherness,” Fulford said. “We’ve been blessed. We need to come together. I am encouraged by the love in our city. The Queen City Throne is being restored.”

Fulford International COO Kimberly Montgomery said she’s honored being along for the ride.

Queen City Kale’s schedule is Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Wednesday- Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.