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A creative touch of soul food comes to Mabank

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MABANK—Mother of five and award-winning chef, Cassy Jones has finally made the move to the Cedar Creek Lake area. Jones, whose mother grew up in the Big Rock area of Eustace is bringing a slew of creative dishes and her contagious high energy to our little corner of the world. “We love it here, the air smells better here, the people are friendly, the traffic is non-existent and my children are almost all grown,” says Jones. Chef Cassy has been married 32 years and has five children ages 33, 30, 29, 21 and 16. The three oldest are girls and the younger two boys. 
Chef Cassy says it was her daughter Whitney who encouraged her to change careers at the age of 40. During a conversation with her daughter about college she divulged that had she gone through college instead of a trade school she would have been a chef. “She told me, ‘Mom, you can still go back to school and become a chef,’ I told her, “No I cannot do that I have your sister and your brother. I have this to do, that to do, I can’t do that.” She told me, “Yes you can mom because you told us anything we set our mind to do we can do until we are dead and mom, you’re not dead,” so she used my own words on me!” Chef Cassy says it was scary because she was stepping out on faith. She did not know how this was going to turn out after finishing school.  
She made the switch from a special need’s childcare provider for over 15 years to attending culinary school. Cassy and her husband’s oldest child has cerebral palsy which spawned Cassy’s desire to provide childcare for other children who needed specialized care that other providers were not able to necessitate. 
Not only is she creative with the recipes she creates but she gets creative with the way she serves them also. “Children love to eat off a stick and they also love to eat food that is diced into tiny pieces. It is more appealing to them,” she says. Chef Cassy says that her deep-fried collard greens which she is known for and has become her signature dish, kids love. Her creativity is a recipe of trial and error. Just experimentation and she likes to try new things. 
While Chef Cassy has award winning alligator poppers she plans to have an ever changing menu. “Every week I’ll have something different. I do Italian food, so I may have lasagna, I might have spaghetti. I might have enchiladas because I do Mexican food. I may offer some tacos,” she says. Chef Cassy said that they have a custom built smoker on a trailer so bar-be-que will be offered but not the same as her food truck neighbor. Some ideas were bar-be-que tacos, quesadillas or potatoes with brisket on top. The chef says to stay in touch with her social media where she will post her menu weekly. “If people have favorites and want to request things, I’m definitely open to giving people what they want,” says Chef Cassy. Every event or wedding menu is custom created and different she says. Chef Cassy said her website is just a small portion of her offerings that can be created for your event also. One of those special events that she and her daughter, who is licensed massage therapist, offer is a dinner prepared in your home with massage services provided by Chef Cassy’s daughter. Sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day gift or birthday gift for someone you love if you ask me. 
Chef Cassy says she really hopes to stay open noon to 7 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Mabank food truck yard, with the possibility of staying open later. She is available to do catering, weddings and events of all sizes and can be reached at (214) 405-8846. You can find her on Facebook by searching Chef Cassy’s Creations or visit her website www.chefcassy.com.