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New Orleans’ Queen of Creole Cooking

At Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans, a hearty bowl of chef Leah Chase’s gumbo was an authentic taste of history. Widely known as the queen of Creole cuisine, Chase served her Southern fare to world leaders and celebrities alike over her 71 year career, and she continued to do so until age 96. Though her gumbo and fried chicken are legendary, her restaurant—a culinary landmark—made history of its own by serving as a meeting place for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. So come hungry and eat up; you won’t taste comfort food like this anywhere else.

We were sad to learn that Leah Chase, the matriarch of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans, has passed away at age 96.


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