NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carol Fay Ellison, the Loveless Cafe's beloved “Biscuit Lady”, has died.
She passed away Monday from an undisclosed illness at a Nashville hospital.
In a statement, Tom Morales, owner of the Loveless Cafe, said, “Carol Fay Ellison was a beloved member of the Loveless Cafe family for more than 30 years, and it is with great sadness that I confirm her death.”
The statement continued, “A trusted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, she was a vital link in the Loveless Cafe tradition and will be missed by many.”
Ellison was an ambassador for Music City, always excited to talk about her famous biscuits, but never willing to share her secrets.
Her hands mixed, kneaded and baked the mouth-watering biscuits for decades, and she loved sharing them with the likes of Martha Stewart and the Food Network's Bobby Flay.
Watch clips of Ellison's appearances on more than a dozen television shows, including The Martha Stewart Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brian and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Ellison's family, her Loveless Cafe family, and Loveless customers will miss her magic in the kitchen and her larger than life personality.
Morales said, “We all loved her as a person when she would smile and say, someone would ask her, ‘What's the secret?' and she'd say, ‘me!' It was like, you couldn't pay for that. It was just Carol Fay.”
Ellison went to work at Loveless Cafe, located on Highway 100 in Bellevue west of Nashville, at the age of 18.
The cafe only had an opening for a dishwasher, but it didn't take her long to climb the ladder.
Ellison spent 30 years baking up biscuits, and she knew what it took to make them taste just right.
Her talents were known all over the world.
“It's amazing, people from Canada that would come in here, or from Oregon, New Zealand, Australia, they come to see Carol Fay, the Biscuit Lady,” said Morales.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
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