Leah Chase prepares her Gumbo Z'herbes on Holy Thursday.
Leah Chase's memorable saying is painted on the neutral ground outside of her restaurant.
Ms. Chase served her cuisine to several luminaries, including at least two presidents at her famed restaurant.
Ms. Leah Chase, beloved and renowned restaurateur, passed away on June 1 at the age of 96. Her career left an indelible mark in the city and the restaurant industry.
Ms. Chase at one of the many appearances she continually made well into her mid-90s.
Leah and Edgar 'Dooky' Chase
The famous Gumbo Z'herbes.
Ms. Chase at one of her many appearances.
Born Leah Lange on Twelfth Night – Jan. 6 – 1923 and raised in Madisonville, Louisiana, Mrs. Chase was one of 11 children in a Catholic Creole family.
US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama eats gumbo with restaurant owner Leah Chase during his visit at Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 7, 2008.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 22: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) greets Chef Leah Chase with her father and former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu during a campaign event on October 22, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
US President George W. Bush holds the hand of Leah Chase, the owner of Chase Dooky restaurant, where he and First Lady Laura Bush are to take part in a dinner with Louisiana cultural and community leaders 28 August 2007 in New Orleans.
Iconic chef Leah Chase and her grandson, Edgar "Dook" Chase IV. Photo: New Orleans Snapshots by Andrew J. Cohoon
Longtime friends John Folse and Leah Chase, who have been a part of the event for decades. Photo: New Orleans Snapshots by Andrew J. Cohoon
Beloved chefs Goffredo Fraccaro and Leah Chase, who are devoted to St. Michael Special School and the event. Photo: Andrew J. Cohoon.
A touching moment backstage was when former Saints player Steve Gleason visited with the chefs. Left to right: David Slater, Edgar "Dook" Chase, Leah Chase, Andrea Apuzzo, John Folse, Steve Gleason, Alon Shaya, Justin Devillier.
(June 14, 2016) Steve Gleason and Leah Chase at the New Orleans premiere of the documentary "Gleason."
Friends John Folse and Leah Chase on stage during their demo, which had the audience of 1,500 laughing and cheering along.
Eric Paulsen with Chef Leah Chase, who at 92 years old still wows the crowds with her talents, her wit, and her generosity to St. Michael's and other charities.