Cassandra King became Comedienne Joy the Queen of Clean in 2004 and set out to prove she could be funny without being profane. A decade later, she took her act beyond its Southeastern roots and became international after performing for troops in Japan. Somewhere along the way, she decided to try her hand at food blogging.
It’s that latter career move that brings her to Foodie Views, Weld’s occasional series highlighting local food bloggers. King might not be unsung — she’s had a segment on ABC 3340 called Dining Out with Comedienne Joy since January. But there’s more to learn as we discovered when we asked her a few questions.
Weld: What motivates your writing and your segment about dining out?
Cassandra King: Many of my followers patronized local restaurants from watching my v-blogs on social media. Someone gave me the idea to take the videos to TV after trying to figure out how to expand my platform. I also thought it was a great way to have the Food Network on a weekly basis to highlight Alabama food especially those mom and pop eateries that doesn’t get much TV time.
Weld: How did you get started and which came first — the blog or the show?
King: The V-blog came first. Once I saw an increase of customers supporting the featured restaurants, I saw a niche and aired Season 1 of Dining Out With Comedienne Joy January 2016. Season 2 returns in September.
Weld: How many different kinds of food have you tried?
King: I’ve featured at least 50 restaurants on the show including your traditional meat and three, Cajun, bbq, pizza, chicken, Chinese, Mexican and burgers.
Weld: Do you have a favorite kind of food and if so, what is it?
King: My favorite food is chicken; however, I found most spots have some type of gourmet burger. I could eat chicken cooked any way every single day of my life!
Weld: You’re stranded on a desert island — except it has one kind of food there. What do you want it to be?
King: Fried Chicken! Hopefully it’s wings so I can count the chicken bones!
Weld: Is there a food you would never eat — or never eat again?
King: I don’t care for pig ears or pig feet. That fat texture taste rather “prodocious.” By the way, prodocious is a word I use from my stand up which means whatever you want it to mean. In this case it means gross.
Weld: What food philosophy do you want to pass on for the ages?
King: Try it at least once regardless of what it looks like as long as it is cooked. If you don’t like it, use your napkin and get rid of it.
You can see more of King’s culinary adventures at her YouTube channel.
Are you an unsung food scribe? A wordsmith with a culinary bent? Will you write for food and do you have the readers to prove it? Or do you have a favorite local writer who makes you devour every word and bite? We’re looking for local food bloggers for Foodie Views. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.