Chef and restaurateuse Leah Chase, of Dooky Chase Restaurant, died on Saturday, at 96-years-old.
Chase was a local, being born and raised in Madisonville, Louisiana.
There, she broke New Orleans’ segregation laws by seating black and white patrons together.
She fed presidents and Freedom Riders.
She helped mend the country’s divisions, one meal at a time.
In her seven-decade culinary career, Leah Chase did far more than introduce thousands to Creole cuisine.
Leah Chase was a legend, an icon and an inspiration. It is impossible to overstate what she meant to our City and to our community. At Dooky Chase’s Restaurant: she made creole cuisine the cultural force that it is today. pic.twitter.com/MSFaNdLvsx
— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) June 2, 2019