Momma Boogie was my grandmother and she raised 7 children working as a private maid.
Through the years, she raised several of her grandchildren as well. As a young child, I remember visiting Boogie and sitting in her kitchen listening to stories of her youth as we all munched on soulful dishes. She and her siblings grew up on the red clay dirt fields of Clarksdale, Mississippi and then migrated to St. Louis to give their children a better chance at life. Overtime, Ma Boogie became a neighborhood staple, known for her feisty personality and her charitable heart. In 2012, Boogie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and in January of 2018, she was called home.
As a family, it’s been difficult to accept that she’s no longer here to laugh, joke and eat with us. So with that, I was inspired to start the cakery to keep her soulful spirit from fading and add to that another generation of sharing stories and food in Boogie’s kitchen.