KCC’s Soul Food Luncheon celebrates Black History Month Feb. 15

KCC employees serve students food during one of the College's annual Soul Food Luncheon events on campus.

Kellogg Community College’s annual Soul Food Luncheon, one of the College’s Black History Month events, will happen from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb.15 in the Student Center on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

The event, which is open to the public, is $5 for students and $10 for non-students, and is presented by KCC’s Student Life office. Tickets can be purchased at the office before the event or at the door on the day of the event.

“You’re getting one plate, but it’s a small mountain of food,” Student Life Manager Drew Hutchinson said. “There’s ribs, there’s chicken, there’s gumbo, there’s pound cake. You’ll be full. You might have to be rolled out of here.”

Other foods include mac and cheese, greens, cornbread, sweet potatoes and peach cobbler. The event started at KCC several years ago as a way for then-Vice President of Student Services L. Marshall Washington to share his family’s recipes with the College and the public.

“It became a big enough affair that he would recruit people from around the college to help him cook these sacred family recipes,” Hutchinson said. “Today, the recipes are from current KCC staff and employees who work here who want to share the recipes with students, staff and the rest of the community.”

The luncheon is also a way to introduce people to something they might not have tried before. Hutchinson said there are usually students who poke their heads in, see what’s happening and walk out fans of soul food. The Boston native said he’d never had collard greens himself until he came to KCC.

“It’s a labor of love,” Hutchinson said. “It’s just good. It feels good, it tastes good, the atmosphere is good.”

For more information about this and other Black History Month events at KCC, contact Hutchinson at 269-965-3931 ext. 2600 or hutchinsond@kellogg.edu.

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