Middletown Soul Food Cafe cooks up a meal for singer John Legend, Crew – Town Square Delaware LIVE

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Singer John Legend, center, ordered everything on the menu at Crystal’s Comfort Food in Middletown, owned by Steven, left, and Crystal ‘Chef Cryss’ Ashby.

A Middletown soul restaurant best known for its wings cooked a meal for popstar John Legend on Wednesday.

Crystal’s Comfort Food is no stranger to serving celebrities. They served performers DC Young Fly of MTV’s “Wild ‘n Out” and Yvonne Orji of HBO’s “Insecure,” as well as singers Ro James and Jessie J.

Crystal Ashby, better known to customers as Chef Cryss, said Legend’s music director lives nearby and is a regular customer. When he said he would speak well of Legend, Ashby and her husband, Steven, weren’t sure they believed him.

That changed when Ashby got a call saying Legend wanted Crystal’s Comfort Food to cook dinner on Wednesday for himself, his crew and his security team at a location outside of Philadelphia.

They were not informed of the location until Tuesday evening. She had no right to say more.

“They pretty much ordered everything on our menu and we made about 20 of each item, so it was a huge job,” Ashby said. “But we managed to do it.”

Ashby said as the sole cook, she puts love into every order. For this one, however, she admits to paying special attention.

Legend and his crew enjoyed a dinner of soul rolls, chicken wings with five different homemade sauces, stuffed salmon, fish nuggets, chicken breasts, mac and cheese, cabbage, yams, green cabbage and potato salad.

Ashby said she and her husband had a good night’s sleep before waking up early Wednesday to get Legend’s order ready. They started at 8am and brought the food around 3pm.

“Certainly he liked soul rolls because it’s something he had never heard of before,” Ashby said.

Soul Rolls are an old menu item that Ashby said she’ll be bringing back to the menu soon. These are Crystal’s Comfort Food originals: spring rolls stuffed with macaroni and cheese, cabbage and yams.

Ashby hopes to get more feedback from Legend and her team soon, but she’s sure they loved all of the food.

Legend left a generous tip, but Ashby said the connections and opportunities that would come from it were “better than any tip they could have given me.”

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