Sunday, June 10 at 3 pm June 10, 2012


Join us on Sunday, June 10 at 3 pm as Jessica Harris holds a public conversation with New Orleans culinary icon Chef Leah Chase about her art collection and the artistry of her life.

The talk is in collaboration with the exhibition Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III on view on NOMA’s second floor gallery this summer.

Don’t miss NOMA’s summer cooking series with Chefs from Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group and Leah Chase, every Friday Night at Cafe NOMA!

Dr. Harris will interview Ms. Chase about her art collection and the artistry of her life.

Leah Chase, co-owner and chef of Dooky Chase Restaurant, is one of the city’s most beloved icons. She is featured in the NOMA exhibition, Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III in which the artist Gustave Blache III investigates the chef in her environment at her famous restaurant, Dooky Chase. The restaurant is named after Leah’s father-in-law its original owner. In 1945 Leah married Dooky Chase Jr., a jazz musician, and began working in the restaurant during the 1950s. The restaurant became famous as a meeting place for civil rights activists during the 1960s as well as for the owners’ collection of works of art by African American artists. Today it remains a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.

Culinary Historian and journalist Jessica Harris is the author of eleven cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African Diaspora including Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim and High on the Hog: A Culinary History from Africa to America. She has written for major food magazines including Gourmet and Food and Wine and has appeared on television shows such as Good Morning America and Food Network programs. In Fall of 2007, Dr. Harris took a leave from her over 38 year tenure at Queens College where she served as a tenured professor of English to become the first scholar to hold the Ray Charles Chair in African-American material culture at Dillard University in New Orleans. Although she returned to her position at Queens College, in fall of 2009, she remains a consultant to the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture and its Institute for the Study of Culinary Cultures.