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Fayetteville, AR, United States / Food

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Kelvin's story

Hello, I am Kelvin the founder and owner of Uncle Chubbs Soul Food and Barbecue in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I grew up in the city of St. Louis, in a family with 8 siblings. Both of my parents grew up in the South, my mother migrated north from Macon, Mississippi, and my father from Bogalusa, Louisiana. I remember a lot of things growing up that warmed my heart: great music, a loving community, a church family, and backyard barbecues. The one thing that I cherished the most was mamma's homemade cooking! How she could make certain entrees that made, not only our family but many people in our neighborhood look forward to eating her delicious cooking. Little did I know back then that those recipes would be a timeless treasure in the lives of so many people around the country. As an adult, I enlisted in the military, became a cook, and developed those skills that I had originally gained from my mother in her kitchen, to the amazement of many. She also taught me that food was more than just cooking, it had deeper implications in life. Food really could make a difference in the lives of people for the good. I held on tight to that thought and it helped shaped Uncle Chubbs Soul Food and Barbecue, and the way we do business. Summing things up, we are in the community using our food truck as a platform to give back to the people. We are doing more than just giving people a plate of authentic soul food, we offer a life-changing experience as a result of visiting Uncle Chubbs Soul Food and Barbecue food truck.