Destiny Brooks

Destiny Brooks next to a sign advertising the opening of Mama D’s inside of Midtown Global Market. 

The owner of the popular soul food restaurant, Mama D’s Kitchen in Midtown Global Market, Destiny Brooks, has died.

Brooks died unexpectedly July 28. The entrepreneur was featured on the March 12, 2018 cover of Insight News along with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey during the ribbon-cutting for her space inside Midtown Global Market. A longtime caterer, the Midtown Global Market location was her first physical location.

Word of her food spread and she was able to land a coveted spot inside the Minnesota State Fair with items such as her Catfish Fries and BBQ Split, a dish of potato salad, pulled pork and slaw along with a pickle wedge. A somber message on the Mama D’s Facebook page let visitors know the business would not be participating in this upcoming State Fair due to Brooks’ sudden passing.

Although Brooks was serving traditional soul food, she was conscious about presenting it in a healthier manor. Her mac and cheese and other items were promoted as gluten free.

“A lot of people didn’t know you could make soul food healthy and taste good,” said Brooks in the March 12, 2018 article.

Upon hearing of Brooks’ passing the mayor of Minneapolis said, “Destiny always brought a smile to my face, and not just because I was happy to be eating her delicious catfish and greens. Her commitment to her community was reflected in everything she did to bring joy to her work. Today we celebrate her life, her achievements, and the legacy that will live on in Mama D’s and throughout her community.”

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