Mary C. cafe gets new name, new vision thanks to grant

Mary C. cafe gets new name, new vision thanks to grant

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Culinary Cafe at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs will soon be getting a new name to honor one its guest chefs thanks to a $50,000 grant.

The cafe will be known as Becky's Kitchen in honor of Rebecca Adams Feder, a guest chef at the Mary C. who passed away in October 2015.

The grant was donated by Feder's husband Ron of the R&B Feder Charitable Foundation for the Beaux-Arts in honor of his late wife.

"It is my hope that Becky's Kitchen will serve as an inspiration for those interested in Southern cooking such as restaurants, caterers, and home cooks," said Ron Feder in a press release. "Through Becky's Kitchen, it is my vision that we can continue her passion of cooking by providing a platform to discuss, learn and deliver Southern cuisine. I can't think of a better way to honor Becky's love of Southern cuisine than to share her love of cooking with others."

The culinary classes held in Becky's Kitchen will celebrate the rich history of Southern coastal cuisine, honoring the generations of immigrants that contribute to the cultural mix of flavors, tastes, and techniques that distinguishes the unique culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The cafe is a fully-licensed Viking commercial kitchen that offers lively group instruction, unique dining experiences and on-site catering for private events.

The mission of The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center is to encourage our diverse citizen population to attend performing, culinary and visual art events, to grow focused collections for exhibitions and educational programs that highlight the history of the area, and to be dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Ocean Springs, Jackson County, the state of Mississippi and the South.

Located in the historic Ocean Springs Public School Building on Government Street, the Mary C. is the keystone of the public arts community in Ocean Springs, providing a diverse set of programs and facilities for the arts including music, visual, culinary and performing arts and education.

For more information, a list of classes, or to become a member of the Mary C., please visit our website at