Born and raised in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Gina Gamble Hollingsworth left home when she was 18 for the city of her dreams, Nashville, Tennessee.

She attended Belmont University, where she pursued her education at their internationally acclaimed Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. Gina landed a job on prestigious Music Row, and eventually became Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Troy Tomlinson.

Her responsibilities at Sony included coordinating hospitality for all guests, many of whom were well-known songwriters, top entertainers and members of the media.

Her boss made sure that fresh fruit was available at the offices, along with other snacks for Sony clients and visitors. At week’s end, Gina would remove any leftover fruit and took it home where she used it to create pies, muffins and other desserts. Come Monday, she would bring the sweet treats to the office.

After a while, people complained that she was such a good cook their clothes were getting tight. Gina started thinking - What in the world can I do with all these apples? That was when Southern Okie Gourmet Apple Spread was born right in her kitchen.

About that time Gina’s husband, Mark, accepted a job in Oklahoma City, so off they went along with their chocolate lab, Amelia Rose.  Oklahoma was a new frontier and one she knew nothing about. Her faith that God had something great in store for her was all Gina needed to hit the ground running.

On a whim, Gina enrolled as a vendor at a local holiday market and her gourmet apple spread proved to be very popular. Hoping to sell 20 jars, she was ecstatic when over 500 were sold!  All the proceeds were donated to local charities in her community.

A year later, she founded Southern Okie, where she serves as president and oversees all the marketing aspects of her gourmet spread business. By partnering with a local manufacturing company, Gina’s been able to expand her product line to include four delectable flavors – Southern Okie Pumpkin, Peach, Pear and Strawberry, in additional to the original Apple. 

Stop by the store page and order a jar or two...let us know what you think, create a dish with one of the spreads and send us your recipe to share on our website.  

Recipes & News

Southern Okie Gourmet PBJ Brownies

Southern Okie Gourmet PBJ Brownies

Love is definitely in the air with this blissful PBJ brownie made with Southern Okie Gourmet Strawberry Spread. I bet your sweetheart will LOVE it!!
Southern Okie Gourmet Chipotle Glazed Smokies

Southern Okie Gourmet Chipotle Glazed Smokies

Scrumptious cocktail smokies recipe for your upcoming Super Bowl party. Southern Okie apple, peach or strawberry spreads have been used in this recipe and it is fabulous!!
Southern Okie Gourmet Strawberries in the Snow

Southern Okie Gourmet Strawberries in the Snow

This Strawberries In Snow is an irresistible dessert recipe. Enjoy this dish with your loved ones during the holiday season or anytime!