For more than 20 years I have studied New Orleans through the lens of my camera. During that time, I have learned to appreciate her nuances, forgive her faults, relish the beauty of her architecture, savor the uniqueness of her culinary and musical heritage. With each click of the camera I treasure this place a little more. These are my thoughts in words and pictures.

-Kathy Anderson

Leah Chase: Queen of Creole Cuisine

New Orleans Chef, Leah Chase, Creole Cuisine, Dooky Chase

Leah Chase was the “Queen of Creole Cuisine” and the owner of the legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans.  In the 1960s, the restaurant became a safe haven for civil rights leaders to meet and strategize over a bowl of gumbo. Later, presidents, musicians, artists, tourists, and generations of New Orleanians made their way to her dining room. “In my dining room, we changed the course of America over a bowl of gumbo and some fried chicken,” she said. Mrs. Chase died Saturday, surrounded by her family. She was 96. In 2013 Ebony Magazine asked me to photograph Mrs. Chase for a feature story – one of the great perks of my career is photographing people I admire.  She was passionate about her food and her city. The world was lucky to have a Leah Chase.
© Kathy Anderson Photography

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