About Us

Julia's Southern Foods / Julia's Southern Pantry
5608 Primavera Ct.
Raleigh, NC US
Our Story

As a tribute to Mother (and Grandmother), SouthernThings & Julia's Pantry were born as a family business bringing together the inspiration of four generations. Longing for the taste of his mother's biscuits, we set out to “recreate” them. Over the course of many months, we created Julia's Pantry Southern Drop Biscuits. Unlike other biscuits, these are dropped onto a baking sheet and cook up with a thin, crispy crust surrounding tender goodness. Since 2007, we have been manufacturing not only biscuit mix, but an entire product line of complete dry mixes, dip mixes, seasonings, rubs and microwave pork rinds.

The inspiration for this company was, Julia Kelly Washington, Richard's mother and Reta's grandmother, who was a wonderfully kind, gentle and humble woman, not to mention a fantastic southern cook and seamstress. In addition to the meals she prepared, so also made beautiful quilts from fabric scraps. In designing our cloth bags, we spotlight her quilts as the border.

Julia Kelly was born December 5, 1903 in Cumming, Georgia. As a young woman she married a man, who family did not fully approve, and moved to Atlanta. After the birth of two daughters, Julia’s life became more complicated when her husband left them during the depression. Estranged from her family and being a single mom, Julia found work as a seamstress. Often she and her children had to stand in soup lines to get fed. Later in life she remarried and at 40 gave birth to a son, which was both a blessing and a challenge at her age. However, her children were her priority and they never wanted for anything. They were raised by a meek woman with character of steel, tempered by the challenges of life.

God gives people many gifts and to Julia He freely gave the gift of cooking. She never measured and could make a complex meal look simple. Her typical Sunday table was a piece of culinary art colored with the rich colors and smells of Southern foods. Sunday dinner (aka lunch in the South) consisted of golden fried chicken, country ham, butter beans, turnip greens, rice, beets, candied yams, creamed corn, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, sliced tomatoes and an ample supply of buttermilk biscuits and cornbread. Julia always had to finish the meal with a little sweet – the mini buffet often consisted of pecan pie, fruit cobbler, pound cake and coconut cake. After dinner, our family would move to the front porch for a relaxing swing in one of the rockers or the creaky swing. If a hungry person happened by the house and asked for a hand out, they were promptly fed a meal fit for a king since there was always enough to share. 

We invite you to enjoy the products prepared in Julia's Pantry where we deliver the same quality and taste that mother would approve herself. We want you to leave the table filled with the joy of eating delicious simple Southern cooking. 

Richard Washington (son) & Reta Washington (granddaughter)