Thursday, February 25, 2010

CIAA has soul and Delilah Winder

Hillshire Farms is giving Charlotte some more love tonight. Hillshire sponsors the annual Hoodie Awards in Las Vegas, where several Charlotte restaurant owners have gotten the Best Soul Food title in the past. Last year's winner was Sadie's Soulful Southern Experience.

To celebrate the 2010 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament -- otherwise known as the popular CIAA, going on right now -- Hillshire sent chef Delilah Winder to town. Besides being spokesperson for Hillshire, she owns six Delilah's Southern Cuisine stands and Bluezette, a Latin/Caribbean/soul restaurant in Philadelphia. Oh, and her Seven-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese was named the best by Oprah Winfrey.

On Wednesday, she went to Sadie's to cook with owners Tamara Thompson and Joseph McGuire. Tonight at 5 p.m., Winder will cook for families at Charlotte Emergency Housing. CEH usually houses 14 families, or about 50 to 60 people a night.