Cashimier Smith on Glory Foods, “My job, I enjoy it, I enjoy talking to people, I love hearing the stories...”
“I do a lot of events and I’ll tell you, there is nothing like this,” said Cashimier Smith of Glory Foods, which will be setting up its eighth booth at Taste of Soul on October 19.
This year, the producers of the tasty soul food veggie side dishes will be serving turkey greens and cornbread. Beyond TOS though, customers who love those can also find yams, potatoes, black eyed peas, okra, corn, green beans and more among the Glory Foods product line, which occupies shelves across the country from Albertson’s to Kroger Foods. For canned products, often vilified by chefs and foodies alike, Glory puts out something that can rival homemade.
Smith is from Columbus, Ohio where Glory started in 1989. She has been a professional caterer since 1992. Of all the food events she’s been to, she told the Sentinel in a past interview, nothing touches her like TOS.
“This is an event that I’ve seen from top to bottom,” she said.
“It has tremendously grown and [now] it’s just ‘off the chain.’ There is another ‘Taste’ event downtown but let me tell you that it is nothing like the Taste of Soul.”
Smith is excited every year, she said about getting prepped for TOS.
“When I’m getting prepared and ready, I feel like, ‘it’s on,’” she said.
Smith told the Sentinel that she is all about catering good food and reuniting the family. She believes in the importance of family and the need for that bond to return within the Black community.
"You learn a lot, and that gives a sense of bonding, said Smith about the family table. "It gives a relationship that we need in our Black families today. My job, I enjoy it, I enjoy talking to people, I love hearing the stories...I enjoy telling people how to do the '1,2,3 dressing,' how easy it is with the base that we have and I enjoy...showing them how to get the family back to the table."
TOS is the perfect venue for that, she said. She remains to be impressed by the presence of peace at the event every year despite the growing number of people. After Taste of Soul, Smith and Glory Foods will also be present at Mothers in Action’s yearly Thanksgiving Feed. For more information on Glory Foods, visit www.gloryfoods.com. To contact Cashimier Smith for catering information, email