MZ JADE'S STORY

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"I've always loved to cook and I cook with love," says Jade King, Owner, Mz. Jade's Soul Food. The cafe recently opened in March of 2020, serving Jade's southern-style, homemade cooking. She says her restaurant is known best for her Seafood Weekends, ribs, smothered pork chops, and fresh homemade side dishes. Jade loves to say her food is "Flavored with God's Favor and Highly Seasoned with Love!"

Originally from Detroit, Jade moved to the Butler County area 10 years ago, and started her business in 2018 on Yankee Road, where she set up tents and cooked outside to serve the Middletown community with her homemade meals. "Growing up with my Grandmother, she taught me everything. I still remember her recipes, but as I got older, I started making my own recipes," Jade says. "I still use her recipes daily because she was the best."

 

Mz. Jade's Soul Food Cafe is now located in Middletown's Pendleton Art Center, and Jade says it's a perfect fit for her and her business. 

"The best part for me has been being in the Downtown Middletown area, being a part of the historic district," says Jade. "I love being in the art center because cooking is art —  you're using your imagination and you're using your creativity."

Middletown was the best location for Jade to open up her business, because here she is surrounded by family. With three sons, three daughters, and 11 grandchildren, Jade knew Middletown is where she would be.

"I love Middletown, everything about it. It's a family town, so I wanted to bring a family restaurant into a family town," she says. 

Some of Jade's children work with her in the cafe, and Jade says she has seen support from all over the Middletown community, as well as all over Ohio and other states. The first Sunday of every month, Mz. Jade's Soul Food Cafe offers meals for the homeless and families in need at closing time. This tradition started back in 2018 and is still carried on today. "I do a lot for the community, and the community does a lot for me too," Jade says, "I believe we all need each other." 

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