But for regular patrons of Pilgrim’s Place Barbeque, it’s no surprise at all.
After Melinda Pilgrim Smith’s parents retired from the restaurant and catering company they started, they wanted their daughter and her family to return to Russellville to keep it going.
So, Smith did just that.
“My mom was awesome. She passed away … it’s been four years ago,” she said. “These are all her recipes. She was just one of those who could cook anything, make anything. She was really a special lady.”
The chicken salad has been a hit since it’s been on the menu.
“This is her chicken salad recipe,” Smith said. “I grew up eating it. It’s just something that she perfected … and we just carried on the tradition.”