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Leah Chase Famed New Orleans Chef Who Fed Civil Rights Leaders Dies


The famed New Orleans “Queen of Creole Cuisine” who used food as a force during the Civil Rights movement has died at the age of 96. Her Dooky Chase’s restaurant was a safe haven for activists during the 1960s, used as a spot for organizing NAACP meetings, registering voters and more. Her restaurant was also one of the few public places to integrate races.  She fed Presidents and Freedom Riders.  She was even an inspiration for Disney’s Princess Tiana in 2009’s The Princess and The Frog. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell called Chase “a culture-bearer in the truest sense.  The loss is huge for the city of New Orleans community and the culinary world.


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