Soul Food Advisor, Cookbook Author & Award-Winning Caterer
Cassandra Harrell learned the art of cooking from her Big Mama growing up in West Tennessee. The love and passion continued throughout her childhood and today she has truly found her niche in preparing southern cuisine.
Her first experience with cooking was when she made her first southern fried chicken and baked her first peach cobbler (with homemade crust). She was so proud, and from then on she had been cooking ever since. Over the years, the more she cooked the more her passion grew for cooking.
Her third cookbook, Soul Food Advisor, Recipes and Tips for Authentic Southern Cooking, was published by Louisiana State University Press,(LSU). Harrell's catering business served national and local clients including celebrities, politicians, as well as recording artists.
Over the years Cassandra developed hundreds of theme-related menus for her clients and has a natural flare for turning ordinary recipes into extraordinary dishes.
Her affinity for cooking extends to over four decades and to every area of her life: She has authored three cookbooks, one cooking guide with plans for many more of each, publishers a soul food advice newsletter, coaches others with a desire to start a catering business, and runs and operates her popular website, soul-food-advisor.com.
Born and raised in West Tennessee, Cassandra began tempting palates with her southern influence when she owned an award-winning southern-style restaurant and catering business in Wisconsin. Her Sunday buffet was such a tremendous success until customers literally lined up for authentic southern cooking.
Her exceptional food and well-loved menus landed her a food contract at the Midwest Convention Center where she served thousands at sporting events, conventions, trade shows, music concerts, and ground-breaking ceremonies.
She was a food vendor at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest serving national as well as local clients and taught cooking classes and lead cooking demonstrations at festivals and fairs on preparing great southern cuisine.
Cassandra characterizes herself as having a unique voice with a witty personality, easy going, super friendly, enjoy life, and love meeting people.
--Soul Food Advisor
--Soul Food Lovers’
--How to be Your Own Best Cook, Cooking Guide
--Recipe Contributor, the Jackson Sun Newspaper
--2016 Soul Food Advisor Cookbook is in the National Southern
Food & Beverage Museum, New Orleans, LA
--2003 Harvest of Hope Award, Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship
--2000 Regional Service Firm of the Year Award Presented by
the U.S. Department of Commerce
Certificate of Commendation
--On behalf of the Citizens of the State of Wisconsin
Economic Growth and the Mentorship of Culinary Students
Presented by the Governor’s Office
--Featured on News Channel 5 Cooking Segment, Talk of the Town
--Tasty Book Talk, Jackson, Tn., Nashville, Tn
--Numerous Book Signings and Appearances
The Jackson Sun, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee, WI, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA,
Lauderdale County Enterprise, West Tennessee Examiner
The Tennessee Tribune, Numerous Websites and Blogs
Several Cooking Articles, Soul Food Advisor.com
Soul Food Advisor.com was voted the Top 5 Soul Food Recipe Websites by Associated Content
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