Aretha Franklin mesmerized the nation in January when she took the stage at the Kennedy Center Honors and proceeded to blow away all in attendance, including a tear-shedding President Obama. The performance was part of honoring songwriting icon Carole King, but those in attendance left saying Carole who? Aretha was the dessert that made everyone forget the meal.
Now the Queen of Soul wants to be that again, literally. She told Channel 4 in Detroit that she’s launching her own food line, with an emphasis on dessert. (Aretha’s food will take on fellow diva Patti LaBelle, whose pies went full viral-upward-spiral over the holidays. Patti’s got some BBQ sauce too.) Ms. Franklin will be bringing jumbo gumbo to the party, some chicken, some chili — all the good stuff. There will likely be enough salt in Aretha Franklin’s new line to make healthy food advocate Michelle Obama cry, too.