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Chase Family Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence
Dooky Chase's Restaurant Set To Kick Off Its 75th Year Anniversary Celebrations In January 2016
By: Dooky Chase's Restaurant
Emily Tenette Chase and Edgar “Dooky” Chase, Sr. opened the doors of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant for business in 1941. Initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939, Dooky’s evolved into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in the Treme Neighborhood. The restaurant would become a meeting place for music and entertainment, civil rights, and culture in New Orleans.
In 1946, Edgar “Dooky” Chase, Jr., a jazz musician, married Leah Lange Chase. Through the vision of Dooky Jr. and Leah, the barroom and sandwich shop grew into a sit-down restaurant wrapped within the cultural environment of African-American art, jazz, and Creole cooking. Together the couple would introduce one of the first African American fine dining restaurants to the Country.
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant remains family owned and operated and the premier restaurant for authentic Creole Cuisine. The Chase Family continues to be catalyst for social change and voices for progress in the City of New Orleans by threading cultures through food and music.
The kick-off event will also honor the 93rd birthday of Executive Chef Leah Chase.
Born on January 6, 1923 in New Orleans, Chase was one of 14 children. She was raised in the small town of Madisonville, LA. There were no high schools for black children, so after sixth grade, Chase moved to New Orleans to live with an aunt. After completing high school, Chase had a colorful work history including managing two amateur boxers and becoming the first woman to mark the racehorse board for a local bookie. Her favorite job, though, was waiting tables in the French Quarter. It was here that she developed her love for food and feeding others.
Known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” Leah Chase has fed Quincy Jones, Jesse Jackson, Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall, James Baldwin, Ray Charles, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and countless others as Executive Chef of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant — one of the best-known and most culturally significant restaurants in New Orleans.
Tickets for the kick-off event are on sale now for $75 via eventbrite. All proceeds to benefit the Edgar Lawrence "Dooky" Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation.
About Chase Family Foundation:
The Edgar “Dooky” Jr. & Leah Chase Family Foundation will cultivate and support historically disenfranchised organizations by making significant contributions to education, creative and culinary arts and social justice.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dookychaserestaurant.com/
Dooky Chase's Restaurant, Stella Chase Reese
2301 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, 70119
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