Tomorrow’s Front Burner column pays tribute to a lady who had her fingers in a lot of different pies around Roanoke.
I would say “literally,” but Lib Wilhelm’s granddaughter, Kristin Breakell, said her grandma wasn’t much for baking. She sure did know a lot about other kinds of cooking, though.
Lib, who died earlier this month at age 86, started catering out of her Roanoke home more than 40 decades ago. She didn’t stop catering until she was in her early 80s.
And in those early years, when her business was still getting started, she also worked at St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Shenandoah Club and the Patrick Henry Hotel.
But it didn’t take long for Lib to gain a reputation for her professionalism and her food. Her most famous recipe, a spicy cheese slaw, has been shared around Roanoke for years and will run with tomorrow’s story.
She was also the first caterer to start serving made-to-order shrimp and grits at parties.