NEW ORLEANS — The family of legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase, who died last year, is holding a memorial event at the restaurant she once led featuring many of the dishes she made famous.
According to a release from the family, the event will be held on Monday, Jan. 6, at the Dooky Chase Restaurant on what would have been her 97th birthday. The event is from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and tickets are $100.
"An Evening Remembering and Celebrating Leah’s Contributions” will include some of her signature dishes including Mayor's Duck Dinners and Holy Thursday Gumbo Z'herbes. There will also be an art exhibit sponsored by Richard Colton, Jr. and other of “Leah Chase” paintings by Gustave Blache III.
Chase was a civil rights icon and ground-breaking chef who created the city's first white-tablecloth restaurant for black patrons, broke the city's segregation laws by seating both white and black customers, and introduced countless tourists to Louisiana Creole cooking.
She died on June 1, 2019. The family says it will be the first major event celebrating her life since her death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.