Remembering Chef Leah Chase (Jan. 6, 1923 – June 1, 2019).
The spirit of New Orleans is showcased in the people we met and the places we visited for this show. At the time of this taping the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing recovery of the Big Easy was still on the minds of many people. But in the midst of its challenges, New Orleans still celebrated the magic of life. One of the people who shared magic and joy with us was Chef Leah Chase.
We were honored to share a wonderful conversation with Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase restaurant fame. As many beyond New Orleans know Chef Leah was an iconic figure in New Orleans. Her fame brought Disney to her where she was the inspiration behind Tiana, the first African-American princess in the animated film Princess and the Frog.
Then World Footprints will take listeners through two little known museums, the Free People of Color museum and the African-American museum. Other stops on this audio trip include a tour through Treme and a visit to the famed Carosel bar in the Hotel Monteleone.
New Orleans is a treasure trove of wonderful museums, rich history and cultural gumbo and today’s show will explore just a sample of those precious treasures today.
As an aside, the food at Dooky Chase was fabulous and Chef Leah was incredibly gracious and kind. R.I.P. Chef Leah