#queenofcreolecuisine photos & videos

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We agree with you Chef Leah Chase @leahchase45145 ! We @litcafeoc love your philosophy on people and food. Give people something they enjoy eating, and they become happier than they were. I know, for us, when we eat something good in the kitchen, it makes our day. We hope to spread that same feeling to all of our guests. Have a safe and healthy weekend! #neworleansfood #queenofcreolecuisine #chefleahchase #litcafeoc #elotefries #blessed 🙏 #grateful

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Things can be difficult but we learn. We will been out of California and headed to Georgia. We will also continue to have a office on the west coast.... #westcoast #easttcoast #queenofcreole #queenofcreolecuisine eensown

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Dooky Chase’s Restaurant - known for the late Leah Chase “Queen of Creole” cooking & multiple generations of her family! 😃🍽⠀ .⠀ So good we had to go there twice! 🙋‍♀️🙌 THE best gumbo & fried chicken the world has ever tasted all found in NOLA 🇺🇸⠀ .⠀ If you’re ever in New Orleans, you NEED to get yourself in to Dooky Chase’s 😋⠀ Follow their Facebook page! (No insta ) And while you’re at it follow our fb & insta @travelnelipot to! 😘 . .⠀ #neworleans #neworleansfood #neworleanslife #neworleansjazz #neworleansfoodies #neworleanslouisiana #NOLA #dookychase #dookychasesrestaurant #dookychases #queenofcreole #queenofcreolecuisine #queenofcreolecooking #homemade #homemadefood #homemadewithlove #homemadecooking #homemademeals #homemadefoods #creolefriedchicken #neworleansfoodporn #neworleansfoodie #neworleansfoodies #leahchase #chefleahchase #ripleahchase

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Leah Chase discusses prejudice among blacks in New Orleans. The “whiter” you were, the better. Pt.2 #leahchase #chefleahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #creole #neworleans

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Leah Chase discusses prejudice among blacks in New Orleans. The “whiter” you were, the better. Pt.1 #leahchase #chefleahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #creole #neworleans

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The late Leah Chase discussing her experiences of segregation in Madisonville, Louisiana. #chefleahchase #leahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #creole #blackwomen

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The late Leah Chase discusses her experiences of segregation in Madisonville, Louisiana. #chefleahchase #leahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #creole #blackwomen

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In memory of the Legendary "Queen of Creole Cuisine" Chef Leah Chase. Executive Chef of the historic and legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans. A year after her passing, her message lives on through all the lives she's touched through her food and extraordinary work. She was a major supporter of cultural and visual arts and an unwavering advocate for civil liberties and full inclusion of all. #LeahChase #QueenofCreoleCuisine #blacklivesmatter #nola #food

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Jun 2020

#AMPLIFYMELANATEDVOICES Leah Chase (1923-2019 )⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Known as he Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah advocated for both African-American art and Creole cooking. She survived the Great Depression at age-6 living off homegrown produce, and wearing clothes made from used rice and flour sacks. In the 50's she and her husband, Edgar "Dooky" Chase II, took over a po-boy stand and turned it into a sit-down establishment, aptly naming it Dooky Chase. DC fast became a New Orleans staple for eating and meeting, By the 1960s, DC was one of the only public places where African Americans could safely meet to discuss strategies during the civil rights movement. Leah and Dooky would host black voter registration campaign organizers and civil rights rights leaders like: A. P. Tureaud, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Riders, and more. They would hold secret meetings and discuss strategy in DC's upstairs meeting rooms while serving-up gumbo and fried chicken. DC had become so popular that, even though local officials knew about these "illegal" meetings, no municipal official dared intervene for the risk of public backlash. Dooky Chase was the key gathering place when King and the Freedom Riders began organizing their bus boycott in Montgomery. The meetings held with civil rights leaders from Baton Rouge and beyond highlighted learnings from the bus boycotts in Baton Rouge, inspiring the successful Montgomery Bus Boycotts. There were no black-owned banks in African-American communities, so Leah and Dooky would cash checks for trusted patrons. (info: Wike | 📸: Josh Telles ) #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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#queenofcreolecuisine #leahchase #gumbozherbes #june1st2019 - - Leah Chase much more than a chef. - Dooky Chase became a staple in the black communities of New Orleans, and by the 1960s, became one of the only public places in New Orleans where African Americans could meet and discuss strategies during the civil rights movement. Leah and her husband Edgar would host black voter registration campaign organizers, the NAACP, black political meetings and many other civil leaders at their restaurant, including local civil rights leaders. - #dookychasesrestaurant #jamesbeardaward #fedfreedomriders #civilrightsleaders #cookbooks #creolefood #culinarylegend #neworleans #louisiana #gumbo #artgallery #chasefamilyfoundation

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May 2020

Quote from the Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase; “Sometimes I say people are like a gumbo pot. It takes all different kinds of people to make a good world, just like it takes all kinds of things to make a good bowl of gumbo.” https://www.angelakinggallery.com/shows/jazz-fest #angelakinggallery #AKG #neworleansartgallery #nola #royalstreet #neworleansartdistrict #oil #oilpainting #artgallery #artnola #nolaart #neworleansart #neworleansartgallery #artforsale #art #contemporaryart #abstractart #abstractpainting #realism #surealism #sculpture #glass #interiorinspiration #artshow #nolashow #artofinstagram #frenchquarter #leahchase #chefleahchase #queenofcreolecuisine

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Mar 2020

To celebrate #womenshistorymonth @nola4women @wrcloyola @donnelleycenter explores the contributions made by a diverse group of women in New Orleans with a month-long series of daily essays available at https://bit.ly/2vv2mkg . The link is also available in our bio.Today, March 26th, we are highlighting Leah Chase. We hope you enjoy her story. #LeadingLadiesOfNola #QueenOfNola #QueenOfCreoleCuisine

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Feb 2020

My customers received their packages, we work hard in making things right... Check out our packaging... Thank you @sistabigbones1983 for all your help hard work visit our website queenofcreole.com 909 222 7817 #customerservice #certified #cookinglikemo #qweensown #queenofcreole #queenofcreolecuisine #gourmet #Godivachocolate #goodvibes #nalins #newitems #checkusouttoday #placeyourorder

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The @sweetbflypies family is #RememberingTheLifeOfLeahChase the #QueenOfCreoleCuisine during #BlackHistoryMonth 👩🏾‍🍳 #ChefChase was a #philanthropist and ardent supporter of #AfricanAmericanArtists 👨🏾‍🎤 To honor her legacy, the #SweeteePiesButterfly ™ family is featuring works from some of her favorite #artists 👨🏾‍🎨 Today's piece is Pink Wave, the work of #artist @artistedclark #EdClark . // © The artist. Photo courtesy @pamm #PerezArtMuseumMiami #RestInPeace #LeahChase #WeSaluteYouChef #Icon #Legend #Tribute 🙏❤️🦋

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Leah Chase was an American chef based in New Orleans, Louisiana. An author and television personality, she was known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, who advocated for civil rights, African-American art, and Creole cooking. Chase was born to Catholic Creole parents in New Orleans, and was six when the Great Depression struck. She later recollected surviving on produce the family grew themselves—okra, peas, greens—which she and her siblings helped cultivate. Her father's family owned a 20-acre strawberry farm which she described as an integral part of her knowledge of food. In 1946, she married jazz trumpeter and band leader Edgar "Dooky" Chase II. His parents owned a street corner stand that sold lottery tickets and homemade po-boy sandwiches. Chase began working in the kitchen at the restaurant during the 1950s, and over time, Leah and Dooky took over the stand and converted it into a sit-down establishment, Dooky Chase's Restaurant. She updated the menu to highlight her own family's Creole recipes as well as recipes available only in whites-only establishments from which she and her patrons were barred. Dooky Chase became a staple in the black communities of New Orleans, and by the 1960s, became one of the only public places in New Orleans where African Americans could meet and discuss strategies during the civil rights movement. Leah and Edgar would host black voter registration campaign organizers, the NAACP, black political meetings and many other civil leaders at their restaurant. They would hold secret meetings and private strategy discussions in her upstairs meeting rooms while she served them gumbo and fried chicken. Dooky Chase had become so popular that even though local officials knew about these "illegal" meetings, the city or local law enforcement could not stop or close the restaurant because of the risk of public backlash.(Continued in comments )

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Feb 17th Creation. This weekend I’m selling food at a Black Market PopUp. I’m paying homage to a legend and great, Ms Leah Chase, the #queenofcreolecuisine . A NOLA classic. This dish was done two ways. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝑩𝒓𝒖𝒏𝒄𝒉 : 𝑺𝒆𝒂𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 É𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒇𝒇é𝒆 & 𝑮𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒔 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝗗𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿: 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗽 & 𝗚𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘀 . Which one are you ordering for this weekend ??

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The @SweetBFlyPies family is #RememberingTheLifeOfLeahChase the #QueenOfCreoleCuisine during #BlackHistoryMonth 👩🏾‍🍳 #ChefChase was a #philanthropist and ardent supporter of #AfricanAmericanArtists 👨🏾‍🎤 To honor her legacy, the #SweeteePiesButterfly ™ family is featuring works from some of her favorite #artists 👨🏾‍🎨 Today's piece is Ode to Kinshasa, the work of #artist Loïs Mailou Jones. // © The artist. Photo courtesy of #NationalMuseumOfWomenInTheArts #RestInPeace #LeahChase #WeSaluteYouChef #Icon #Legend #Tribute 🙏❤️🦋

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The @SweetBFlyPies family is #RememberingTheLifeOfLeahChase the #QueenOfCreoleCuisine during #BlackHistoryMonth 👩🏾‍🍳 #ChefChase was a #philanthropist and ardent supporter of #AfricanAmericanArtists 👨🏾‍🎤 To honor her legacy, the #SweeteePiesButterfly ™ family is featuring works from some of her favorite #artists 👨🏾‍🎨 Today's piece is Woman in Interior, the work of #artist David C. Driskell ( @davidc .driskell ). // © The artist. Photo courtesy @susquehannaartmuseum . #RestInPeace #LeahChase #WeSaluteYouChef #Icon #Legend #Tribute 🙏❤️🦋

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The @sweetbflypies family is #RememberingTheLifeOfLeahChase the #QueenOfCreoleCuisine during #BlackHistoryMonth 👩🏾‍🍳 #ChefChase was a #philanthropist and ardent supporter of #AfricanAmericanArtists 👨🏾‍🎤 To honor her legacy, the #SweeteePiesButterfly ™ family is featuring works from some of her favorite #artists 👨🏾‍🎨 Today's piece is Galileo, the work of #artist and #Nawlins #Native John T. Scott ( @johnt .scott ). // © The artist. Photo courtesy @arthurrogergallery . #RestInPeace #LeahChase #WeSaluteYouChef #Icon #Legend #Tribute 🙏❤️🦋

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The @SweetBFlyPies family is #RememberingTheLifeOfLeahChase the #QueenOfCreoleCuisine during #BlackHistoryMonth 👩🏾‍🍳 #ChefChase was a #philanthropist and ardent supporter of #AfricanAmericanArtists 👨🏾‍🎤 To honor her legacy, the #SweeteePiesButterfly ™ family is featuring works from some of her favorite #artists 👨🏾‍🎨 Today's piece is Head of a Young Woman, the work of #artist Elizabeth Catlett ( @elizabeth .catlett ). // © The artist. Courtesy @toledomuseum . #RestInPeace #LeahChase #WeSaluteYouChef #Icon #Legend #Tribute 🙏❤️🦋

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The @SweetBFlyPies family is #RememberingTheLifeOfLeahChase the #QueenOfCreoleCuisine during #BlackHistoryMonth 👩🏾‍🍳 #ChefChase was a #philanthropist and ardent supporter of #AfricanAmericanArtists 👨🏾‍🎤To honor her legacy, the #SweeteePiesButterfly ™ family is featuring works from some of her favorite #artists 👨🏾‍🎨 Today's piece is Cutting Squash (Leah Chase ), the work of #artist Gustave Blache, III ( @gustaveblache3 ). // © The artist. Courtesy @smithsoniannpg #RestInPeace #LeahChase #WeSaluteYouChef #Icon #Legend #Tribute 🙏❤️🦋

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This is Mrs. Leah Chase, “The Queen of Creole Cuisine.” I bet you didn’t know that the Disney character “Princess Tiana” was fashioned after the famous chef and owner of the famous New Orleans eatery Dooky Chase’s in the Treme neighborhood. Mrs. Chase, born January 6, 1923 and 1 of 14 children carved a path that would have her bringing blacks and whites together during segregation...an unlawful act. She would even feed the “freedom riders” before they would get back on the road. However, because her food and the restaurant was so popular the police dared to break up the civil rights meetings or stop the integration of races that took place at her establishment and that is the respect afforded to her during the time people of color didn’t get respect. It didn’t matter if you were Nation of Islam, NAACP, Black voter registration, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, James Baldwin, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King or Barack Obama, you ate at Dooky Chase’s. Some of you reading this may have had the opportunity to eat there and even meet Mrs. Chase. A patron of the arts and a culinary visionary, she is definitely a cornerstone in our black history. I remember seeing her whip up a pot of gumbo on NCIS New Orleans, she appears in Beyoncé’s Lemonade and the post Katrina HBO show Treme which was such an amazing show. Mrs. Chase lost her home and restaurant in Katrina and she and her husband lived in a FEMA travel for 18 months until they were back and running. Mrs. Leah Chase passed away June 1, 2019. Leaving an amazing legacy for all to experience. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistoryfacts #leahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #365black

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No one does it like The Queen of Creole , Madame Sucrer'ie Gourmet Catering. We bring it when it comes to excellence. Let's talk about these TOMAHAWK Steaks that were served straight from the grill. We can do the same for you. Give us a call 909 222 7817. queenofcreole.com Have pots will travel. #queenmakesnomistakes #queenofcreole #queensown #queenofcreolecuisine #spiceçrack #spiceçrackmakeverythingtastegood #gourmet #madamsucrerie #foodenthusiast #foodporn #cookinglikemo #certifiedchef

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Feb 2020

The winner of the Cooking like Mo Contest is Suzanne Parks with her Creole Devil Eggs with bacon and Shrimp using Spice Crack New Orleans Blend .. simple recipe but complex with Flavors. Recipe available, Suzanne's recipe will be featured on my website queenofcreole.com for your convenience... Thank you so much for your entry 909 222 7817 for more information. I want to thank all the others that entered, this was difficult decision. It was down to very small details... #spiceçrackmakeverythingtastegood . But those Devil Eggs were exceptional. #deviledeggs #spiceçrack #neworleansblend #winnersuzanneparks #queenmakesnomistakes #queenofcreolecuisine #qweensown #queenofcreole #upgradetogourmet

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The COOKING LIKE MO contest is over and I think we have a winner.... We will tell you who it is tomorrow... hope you can wait. #queenofcreolecuisine #queensown #cookinglikemo #queenofcreole #queen #spiceçrack

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Just a few of our products here on display.... Log on to queenofcreole.com to get a better look...Any questions call 909 222 7817... #queenofcreolecuisine #queensown #queenmakesnomistakes #queenofcreole #gourmet

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She is affectionately known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, She is renown for The mastery art of Southern Soul and Creole cooking.  _______________________________________________ Born on January 7, 1923, in a small, country town across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. Her childhood values came from her parents, hard work, faith and family. After rejecting the usual occupations for respectable Creole girls to work in a restaurant in the French Quarter, Leah married Edgar "Dooky" Chase II and began running the kitchen for her mother-in-law. After her mother-in-law’s death, Leah nurtured the former po’-boy shop and numbers business into a world-class restaurant. Dooky Chase was one of a handful of restaurants in the country where African-Americans could sit down to a nice meal in well-appointed surroundings. #LeahChase has become a living legend for popularizing Creole cuisine, for her political activism, for her tireless work for numerous organizations, and for her extensive art collection. In 2012, the New Orleans Museum of Art exhibited Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III. The exhibition documented chef Leah Chase in the kitchen and the dining room at Dooky Chase Restaurant. “Asked whether she thought the rendering was accurate, Chase, said the young artist had gotten it right. “You could have made me look like Halle Berry or Lena Horne, but you made it look like me.” The restaurant was and still is frequented by prominent African-American actors, athletes, artists, writers, and musicians. It has also always been a gathering place for local politicians and activists. #BlackPeopleYouShouldKnow #WeLoveBlackArtist 🍴🍗 #TodayInBlackExcellence 👑 #TodayInBlackHistory #QueenofCreoleCuisine #BlackHistoryofJanuary #BlackHistoryofJanuary6 - #regrann

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We are keeping them coming the perfect blend of spices for that fruit pie, even baked apples or anything fruit you would like to enhance with great flavor, it's also great in that smoothy... close your eyes and think about pie. Today I had an apple pie smoothie... OMG.. deliciousness delivered. Don't forget about the perfect peach çobbler, I use fresh peaches, what about you. Use carefully our spices are organic and the flavors are intense coming sooner than you think, keep watching out... 909 222 8717 if you have questions or log on to the website queenofcreole.com #applepie #piecaken #peachcobbler #foodporn #foodie #queenmakesnomistakes #queenofcreole #queensown #queenofcreolecuisine #comingsoon

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She is affectionately known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, She is renown for The mastery art of Southern Soul and Creole cooking.  _______________________________________________ Born on January 7, 1923, in a small, country town across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. Her childhood values came from her parents, hard work, faith and family. After rejecting the usual occupations for respectable Creole girls to work in a restaurant in the French Quarter, Leah married Edgar "Dooky" Chase II and began running the kitchen for her mother-in-law. After her mother-in-law’s death, Leah nurtured the former po’-boy shop and numbers business into a world-class restaurant. Dooky Chase was one of a handful of restaurants in the country where African-Americans could sit down to a nice meal in well-appointed surroundings. #LeahChase has become a living legend for popularizing Creole cuisine, for her political activism, for her tireless work for numerous organizations, and for her extensive art collection. In 2012, the New Orleans Museum of Art exhibited Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III. The exhibition documented chef Leah Chase in the kitchen and the dining room at Dooky Chase Restaurant. “Asked whether she thought the rendering was accurate, Chase, said the young artist had gotten it right. “You could have made me look like Halle Berry or Lena Horne, but you made it look like me.” The restaurant was and still is frequented by prominent African-American actors, athletes, artists, writers, and musicians. It has also always been a gathering place for local politicians and activists. #BlackPeopleYouShouldKnow #WeLoveBlackArtist 🍴🍗 #TodayInBlackExcellence 👑 #TodayInBlackHistory #QueenofCreoleCuisine #BlackHistoryofJanuary #BlackHistoryofJanuary6 - #regrann

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Jan 2020

How could they? 😳 Can someone say... #whitewash 😤 #dookychasesrestaurant Bring the name back. 😡 #ifyouknowyouknow #queenofcreolecuisine #cajuncooking #cajunfood #creolecooking #louisianafood #neworleansculture #louisianaculture #leahchase #dookychase It’s some things you just don’t do. #leahskitchen 🙅🏾‍♂️

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Repost from @cid_nola using @RepostRegramApp - #Yes #Congratulations #FoodiesUNITE 🌎❤️☝🏾😋✔️💖The #food and #art favored by #TheeQueen #LeahChase -our nation’s #Supreme #CreoleChef will live on in a restaurant at the New #NewOrleansAirport !😆 And if you’ve been to #DookyChase then you know BOTH the food and the art collection are magnificent! #Kudos to the #DookyChaseFamily and the international hospitality group planning to open Leah’s Kitchen in November! #NewOrleans #LeahsKitchen @flyneworleans #QueenofCreoleCuisine #SALUTE @nytimes ✨👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽✨ @ayoscott @leahskitchen @dookychaseresteraunt #CityofYes @noaamtreme @ujamaaedc #NewOrleans #foodphotography #artists #nolaentrepreneurs #TheNewMSY

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Repost from @cid_nola using @RepostRegramApp - #Yes #Congratulations #FoodiesUNITE 🌎❤️☝🏾😋✔️💖The #food and #art favored by #TheeQueen #LeahChase -our nation’s #Supreme #CreoleChef will live on in a restaurant at the New #NewOrleansAirport !😆 And if you’ve been to #DookyChase then you know BOTH the food and the art collection are magnificent! #Kudos to the #DookyChaseFamily and the international hospitality group planning to open Leah’s Kitchen in November! #NewOrleans #LeahsKitchen @flyneworleans #QueenofCreoleCuisine #SALUTE @nytimes ✨👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽✨ @ayoscott @leahskitchen @dookychaseresteraunt #CityofYes @noaamtreme @ujamaaedc #NewOrleans #foodphotography #artists #nolaentrepreneurs #TheNewMSY

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Happy Birthday to the Queen! #leahchase We miss you but we know that your spirit is still here with us everyday! Link to the an in depth interview with the #queenofcreolecuisine is in the bio ☝🏽

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The amazing Ms Leah Chase was born today, January 6th, 97 years ago in 1923. Happy Birthday to this amazing woman, the Queen of Creole Cuisine-- we will continue to celebrate you ♡💐 Here's the portrait of her that I'd created for the Princess and the Frog zine's dedication page (hence the lilypad buttons, lol ) Leah was one of the main inspirations behind Princess Tiana. She was also an author, Black art advocate, and civil rights activist who's restaurant served as a gathering place during the Civil Rights Movement. Happy Birthday Queen 👑💕 #LeahChase #leyahchase #chefleahchase #dookiechase #dookiechaserestaurant #blackillustration #blackwomanart #hbd #princessandthefrog #princesstiana #cheftiana #tianatuesday #patf #creolecuisine #creolefood #lilypad #queenofcreolecuisine #blackart #africanamericanart #blackchef #jhennetyler

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Coming soon, almost out of the gate, two new Spice Crack Blends... APPLE/PEACH PIE BLEND and HERBS de PROVENCE ... All organic ... We are giving you the best... 909 222 7817... queenofcreole.com All hand crafted. #queensown #queenofcreole #queenofcreolecuisine #westcoast #eastcoast #nalins #spiceçrack #certified #madewithlove #handcrafted #foodporn #foodenthusiast #applepie #piecaken #peachcobbler #comingsoon #cooklikemo

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Tonight at 10PM! Hear from special in-studio guest Chef John Folse, who shares his memories of friendship and cooking with Leah Chase: The Queen of Creole Cuisine. . . . Become a Friend of LPB now to receive thank you gifts chosen especially for this broadcast: LPB.org/pledge . Thank you to Chef John Folse and thank you to tonight’s sponsor Associated Grocers! . . @dookychaseresteraunt @chefjohnfolse #leahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #dookychase #dookychaserestaurant #creole #cuisine #chef #cheflife #neworleans #louisiana #publicbroadcasting #louisianalegend #memories #friendship #breakingbread

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Leah Chase was an American chef based in New Orleans, Louisiana. An author and television personality, she was known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, who advocated for civil rights, African-American art, and Creole cooking. Chase was born to Catholic Creole parents in New Orleans, and was six when the Great Depression struck. She later recollected surviving on produce the family grew themselves—okra, peas, greens—which she and her siblings helped cultivate. Her father's family owned a 20-acre strawberry farm which she described as an integral part of her knowledge of food. In 1946, she married jazz trumpeter and band leader Edgar "Dooky" Chase II. His parents owned a street corner stand that sold lottery tickets and homemade po-boy sandwiches. Chase began working in the kitchen at the restaurant during the 1950s, and over time, Leah and Dooky took over the stand and converted it into a sit-down establishment, Dooky Chase's Restaurant. She updated the menu to highlight her own family's Creole recipes as well as recipes available only in whites-only establishments from which she and her patrons were barred. Dooky Chase became a staple in the black communities of New Orleans, and by the 1960s, became one of the only public places in New Orleans where African Americans could meet and discuss strategies during the civil rights movement. Leah and Edgar would host black voter registration campaign organizers, the NAACP, black political meetings and many other civil leaders at their restaurant. They would hold secret meetings and private strategy discussions in her upstairs meeting rooms while she served them gumbo and fried chicken. Dooky Chase had become so popular that even though local officials knew about these "illegal" meetings, the city or local law enforcement could not stop or close the restaurant because of the risk of public backlash.(Continued in comments )

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Today, we mourn the loss of a New Orleans culinary and Civil Rights icon. Leah Chase, lovingly referred to as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, was the executive chef and co-owner of the historic and legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. She was a major supporter of cultural and visual arts and an unwavering advocate for civil liberties and full inclusion of all. She was a proud entrepreneur, a believer in the Spirit of New Orleans and the good will of all people, and an extraordinary woman of faith. Mrs. Chase was a strong and selfless matriarch. Her daily joy was not simply cooking, but preparing meals to bring people together. One of her most prized contributions was advocating for the Civil Rights Movement through feeding those on the front lines of the struggle for human dignity. She saw her role and that of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant to serve as a vehicle for social change during a difficult time in our country’s history. Throughout her tenure, Leah treasured all of her customers and was honored to have the privilege to meet and serve them (Chase family statement ). #leahchase #queenofcreolecuisine

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#AMPLIFYMELANATEDVOICES Leah Chase (1923-2019 )⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Known as he Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah advocated for both African-American art and Creole cooking. She survived the Great Depression at age-6 living off homegrown produce, and wearing clothes made from used rice and flour sacks. In the 50's she and her husband, Edgar "Dooky" Chase II, took over a po-boy stand and turned it into a sit-down establishment, aptly naming it Dooky Chase. DC fast became a New Orleans staple for eating and meeting, By the 1960s, DC was one of the only public places where African Americans could safely meet to discuss strategies during the civil rights movement. Leah and Dooky would host black voter registration campaign organizers and civil rights rights leaders like: A. P. Tureaud, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Riders, and more. They would hold secret meetings and discuss strategy in DC's upstairs meeting rooms while serving-up gumbo and fried chicken. DC had become so popular that, even though local officials knew about these "illegal" meetings, no municipal official dared intervene for the risk of public backlash. Dooky Chase was the key gathering place when King and the Freedom Riders began organizing their bus boycott in Montgomery. The meetings held with civil rights leaders from Baton Rouge and beyond highlighted learnings from the bus boycotts in Baton Rouge, inspiring the successful Montgomery Bus Boycotts. There were no black-owned banks in African-American communities, so Leah and Dooky would cash checks for trusted patrons. (info: Wike | 📸: Josh Telles ) #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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Feb 2019

i will have the honor of interviewing ms leah chase for my cookbook later next month. she is known as the queen of creole cuisine but to me she is the princess of new orleans :- )

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Jun 2019

RIP #leahchase New Orleans legend & leader chef-restaurateur who fed gumbo to everyone from Presidents to Freedom Riders. “She is of a generation of African-American women who set their faces against the wind without looking back,” said @drjessicabharris @nytimes . #irreplaceable #queenofcreolecuisine #fierce

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Jun 2019

“She fed presidents and #FreedomRiders . She broke #NewOrleans ' segregation laws by seating black and white patrons together. And she helped mend the country's divisions, one meal at a time. #LeahChase , lovingly referred to as the #QueenOfCreoleCuisine , was the executive chef and co-owner of the historic and legendary #DookyChase 's Restaurant” - @cnn ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••As a native Louisianan and African American I am truly saddened by this news. I was supposed to go to her restaurant the last time I was in New Orleans but time got the best of me. However, the next time I’m in New Orleans I will definitely be there, no excuses!

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Dec 2019

Tonight at 7PM on LPB and at lpb.org/live, we celebrate the life of a true Louisiana Legend. Leah Chase: The Queen of Creole Cuisine is the story of how humble beginnings inspired a young girl from Madisonville, LA to become one of the top multi-award-winning chef's in the nation. . . Along the way, at her Dooky Chase restaurant, she managed to cook for presidents & entertainment personalities, and helped shape the political and civil rights movement in New Orleans. . . Hear from special in-studio guest Chef John Folse, who will share his memories of friendship and cooking with Leah Chase. . . @dookychaseresteraunt @chefjohnfolse #leahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #dookychase #dookychaserestaurant #creole #cuisine #chef #cheflife #neworleans #louisiana #publicbroadcasting #louisianalegend

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Jun 2019

Salute to this queen and may she rest in paradise. You not only Changed the food culture and inspired many chefs like myself but touched so many souls one dish at a time. I look to touch on just a little bit of your grace with my dishes. #rip 🙏🏿 #legend #queenofcreolecuisine #leahchase

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Jun 2019

Leah Chase is truly a legend! Thank you for the many years of delicious food, great conversation and memories! We send our love and condolences from the Creuzot family to the Chase family. 68 years of friendship in this photo (Our matriarch Sallie Creuzot (left ) pictured above with the Queen of Creole Cuisine Leah Chase ) . . . . . . . #frenchys #houston #neworleans #leahchase #queenofcreolecuisine #dookychase #legend #appreciationpost #friendship #restaurants #photooftheday #neworleansflavor #creolecuisine #cheflife #NOLA #Classic #culinarylife #iconic

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