Chef Leah Chase Elevated Food and American Society

Trimico Melancon
Jun 28, 2019 - 5:00

The late Leah Lange Chase, chef and restaurateur, lived a life of service to the nation. She utilized her creativity and business savvy to fight injustice and foster an array of opportunities for Black people in Louisiana and beyond. The preeminent Queen of Creole Cuisine --“Ms. Chase,” as she was affectionately known--harnessed the power of food to broach some of the most difficult topics, including racial segregation. She did not simply condemn it; she helped end it. To Chase, food was not merely a commodity. It was a tool. Whether through gumbo and fried chicken, red...

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