Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine & Activist, Dies At 96

… “vehicle for social change during a difficult time in our country’s history.” They said she “treasured all of her customers and was honored to have the privilege to meet and serve them.”

“Mrs. Chase was a strong and selfless matriarch,” the statement read. “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.”

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