Mavis Powell developed A Southern Cooking Lifestyle as a young bride during World War II. But the seed of that lifestyle was planted growing up as a child in The Great Depression. Her mother always had large pots of stews bubbling on the stove to share with hungry travelers. Their home became a “marked house” as the Hobos (what they were called at that time) drew symbols to let fellow travelers know if houses along the way would provide food or a place to rest. This is when Mavis’ love of cooking and her passion to serve others took root and Mavis’ Kitchen was born.