by Gale Horton Gay
It took a strike for Deborah Vantrece to realize there was something bigger and better out there for her.
A flight attendant at the time of the strike at her airline, Vantrece decided it was time to “wake up” and take “control of my life.’
The native Kansas City, Mo., woman decided to go to culinary school in 1994, and after working as a caterer and being the owner of Edible Art in East Atlanta and Underground Atlanta, she’s now brought her culinary style to Decatur.
Located on East Howard Avenue, Twisted Soul is one of Decatur’s newest restaurants. It opened last December, bringing a soul infusion menu to the city’s popular dining scene. The menu is replete with such offers as Sweet Tea Ribs with pork belly beans ($22), Pan Roasted Grouper with citrus white lightning butter ($24) and NOLA Barbecue Gulf Shrimp with country-fried biscuits ($23). There’s also Southern Marinated Fried Chicken with three cheese orecchiette, collard green roll with sweet potato apple chutney ($18) and a Summer Soul Salad with strawberries, arugula, black pepper, goat cheese and candied pecans ($13).
On its website, the restaurant is described as “Southern based, with a soulful twist,” but Vantrece said it’s much more than that.
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