Roswell seeks cooks for soul food cook-off

Roswell has put out a call for local cooks to participate in “Southern Soul Fixins,” described as a soul food cook-off in February during Roswell Roots: A Festival of Black History and Culture.

Set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Bill Johnson Community Activities Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, the free, family friendly event seeks cooks skilled in various food styles, “from traditional Southern soul to a modern twist on creole,” according to a city announcement.

Participants can compete in professional, amateur or youth categories. Each cook will be asked to prepare bite-sized portions for 200 people. The city will provide serving dishes with Sterno cans to keep food heated, and sample cups for bite-sized portions.

A panel of judges will decide first- and second-place winners, while the public will cast votes for a People's Choice Award in each group. Registration deadline is Dec. 13. Information, and to register:

Billed as "one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations of black history and culture in the Southeast," Roswell Roots will offer more than 20 events through the month of February. For information on the festival: Corinne Sutherlin, 770-594-6199 or