Leah Chase

Poppy Tooker and Leah Chase in the kitchen of Dooky Chase's Restaurant
Joe Shriner

What turns an ordinary woman into a legend? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we attempt to answer that question by taking an in-depth look at four inspiring women who have conquered life's challenges and become legends in their own time.

Joyce N. Boghosian / The White House

Leah Chase: say the name and New Orleanians know exactly who you’re talking about. She’s a great chef, a civil rights activist, and an avid art collector. And it’s not a stretch to say that – to some people – she’s the maternal figure of the city. On this edition of Nola Life Stories, Leah Chase, in her own words.  

This interview was conducted by Mark Cave for the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Joe Shriner

The food scene of New Orleans has grown tremendously since Hurricane Katrina. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we complete our two-part series on the storm by taking a look at the changing face of the city's food scene over the past 10 years.

Chris Kehoe

Big news on this week’s Louisiana Eats! We move into our new studios, located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley in Central City.

flickr/Erix!

This week's edition of Louisiana Eats! investigates health care in the restaurant industry from an insider's point of view. We'll hear about life in the kitchen and the toll it takes on the workers who prepare our food.

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington. That sounds like the guest list of a party you wish you'd been invited to. And in a way, you were, because all of these famous names were regular visitors to one of New Orleans' best loved restaurants.

Courtesy of NOWFE.

When the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience honors Leah Chase this weekend, it will be using a potent symbol of hospitality to toast one of the city's enduring examples of what hospitality is all about.

Top New Orleans chefs will be cooking up some of their finest fare in a salute to one of their own — the city's queen of Creole cuisine, Leah Chase.

Chefs John Besh, John Currence, Susan Spicer and John Folse will be cooking at a Jan. 5 gala celebrating Chase's 90th birthday and the launch of the Edgar "Dooky" Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation. The couple's granddaughter, Tracie Griffin, says the foundation's goal is to promote their work in the culinary arts, music and social reform.

2012 Year in Review

Dec 26, 2012

As we look back at the past year we'll listen to some of our fan favorite interviews on Louisiana Eats!, including Leah Chase, Terrance Osborne, and Aaron McCargo.

Canvases & Crabs

Apr 18, 2012

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll be joined by painter Gustave Blache to talk about his portraits of culinary icon Leah Chase. And then Rusty Gaude speaks about the new sustainable status of the Louisiana blue crab.

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