Leyah (Leah) Lange Chase, owner and chef of famed New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase's and wife of the late Edgar L. "Dooky" Chase, died Saturday.
She was 96.
In New Orleans, Leah Chase has long been lauded as a leader, an inspiration, even an emblem of her city’s better self.
Chase's death was announced late Saturday night through a statement sent to media by her family.
"While we mourn her loss, we celebrate her remarkable life, and cherish the life lessons she taught us," Chase's family said.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Edgar L. "Dooky" Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation at P.O. Box 791313, New Orleans, LA 70179.
You can read the Chase family's official statement below:
The Chase family is heartbroken to share the news that our Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Leah Chase, passed away surrounded by her family on June 1, 2019. Leah Chase, lovingly referred to as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, was the executive chef and co-owner of the historic and legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. She was a major supporter of cultural and visual arts and an unwavering advocate for civil liberties and full inclusion of all. She was a proud entrepreneur, a believer in the Spirit of New Orleans and the good will of all people, and an extraordinary woman of faith.
Mrs. Chase was a strong and selfless matriarch. Her daily joy was not simply cooking, but preparing meals to bring people together. One of her most prized contributions was advocating for the Civil Rights Movement through feeding those on the front lines of the struggle for human dignity. She saw her role and that of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant to serve as a vehicle for social change during a difficult time in our country’s history. Throughout her tenure, Leah treasured all of her customers and was honored to have the privilege to meet and serve them.
While we mourn her loss, we celebrate her remarkable life, and cherish the life lessons she taught us. The Family will continue her legacy of “Work, Pray, and Do for Others.”
Grateful To You,
The Chase Family
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