OAKLAND -- If Darshellia Butler's smoky grit waffles with spicy vinegar are anything to go by, Oakland is in for a culinary treat.
The 33-year-old Oakland native -- a graduate of Edna Brewer Middle School and Skyline High School -- plans to open a food truck to sell soul food with recipes adapted from her Southern roots.
"The food truck would be the first farm-focused soul food truck in the country," Butler said. "Everything I make is farm-fresh. It would be a historic thing to get this going."
Butler, who graduated with honors from the Institute of Culinary Education's Management Program in New York City, is currently raising money through Kickstarter to open Skillet Rose -- the name of a poem she wrote for her mother..
Kickstarter is touted as "the world's largest funding platform for creative projects." Butler has a deadline of Jan. 20 to meet her goal of $66,000 to purchase the truck and equipment she needs to launch Skillet Rose.
To donate to Skillet Rose by Jan. 20, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/skilletrose/the-skillet-rose-project.