Cassandra Hordge-Jones is undoubtedly is walking in her God-ordained divine purpose.
She sure is.
And no one can tell her differently.
“I like that food makes people happy,” Jones told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I literally get paid to party.”
Surely, that is a clever, uniquely astounding way to sum up a remarkable career that, to Jones’ credit, has thrust her on Texas’ largest entertainment stage.
A longtime professional chef whose cooking heroics have been rightly put on display in an array of establishments across the country, Jones is owner and chief executive officer of Chef Cassy’s Creations, a business venture that has become a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth’s tradition-rich Metroplex.
And once again, Jones — who’s widely known as “Cassy” — will have her delectable, mouth-watering foods on display during the annual State Fair Of Texas that will take place September 30 through October 23 in South Dallas’ Fair Park.
To her credit, Jones, a 45-year-old native of Dallas, essentially has become a customer favorite, or sorts, at the fair, in large part because of her famous pecan wings and fried collard greens.
Yep, you’ve read that correctly.
Fried collard greens.
And boy, are they delicious.
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In addition, Jones, in having entered the State Fair’s Annual Fried Foods Contest, placed in a historic Top 8, she said, and was the first female African-American finalist in the notable, universally-acclaimed contest.
That’s not all.
Her annual appearance at one of Texas’ grandest events also has been accompanied by some good fortune, of sorts.
“I got my booth on my first application because of my fried collard greens and some vendors have gone on a waiting list for over 10 years. As a new vendor, I couldn’t enter the contest, they do not allow new vendors to enter, but on my first entry I made top 8 and state fair history.”
A 1988 graduate of South Oak Cliff High School, Jones is widely known as a professionally-trained chef and caterer and her professional cooking career spans a little more than 25 years.
Chef Cassy’s Creations, she said, accommodate clients ranging in ages 25 and over because, according to Jones, “some people get married in their 20’s, other clients are in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.”
Also, Jones’ business customarily accommodates a variety of parties for individuals who celebrate some of life’s greatest milestones.
“I have clients all over the Metroplex and in Houston and Oklahoma,” Jones said. “I’ve traveled to Florida to be an alternate for Deep Fried Masters. I was supposed to be on the following year, but the show was cancelled.”
By and large, Jones said a majority of her success as a booming professional chef surfaced courtesy of her father, who was a successful businessman.
“My dad…he was a very successful business man and always encouraged us to have our own businesses,” Jones said.
Fortunately for Jones, she’s not only following in her father’s footsteps, but she’s having a Texas-size impact in the process.
And no one can tell her differently.
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