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Chef Leah Chase is celebrating her 90th year!

Earlier this year, we asked Leah how she wanted to mark the beginning of her ninth decade. Her answer? “With fine food, friends and art!”

NOMA hosted a Leah Chase Gala from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the New Orleans Museum of Art for a Gala preview of the exhibition Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III. The Gala inaugurated the Leah Chase Art Purchase Fund for the acquisition of works of art by African American artists. With over 700 guests, the Gala raised over $90,000.

Even though the Gala date has passed, you’re still able to donate to the Leah Chase Art Purchase Fund!

The Art Purchase Fund honors Leah’s life and legacy. As a talented and tireless chef, Leah began working at Dooky Chase Restaurant after her 1945 marriage to Dooky Chase, Jr. son of the original owner. During the civil rights movement, the restaurant was renowned as a gathering place for civil rights activists and community leaders. Today it continues to serve as a favorite destination for cultural, civil and culinary leaders. Leah Chase is a pillar of the New Orleans community, having contributed in countless ways to the cultural fabric of the city. She is famed for both her expertise in the kitchen and a life-long advocacy for the arts, particularly by African American artists. For many years she has also been a Trustee of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

In honor of Leah’s longstanding contributions to the city of New Orleans, Gustave Blache III features this talented and tireless chef in his intimate painting series of 20 works. Blache, a New Orleans-raised artist, aims to capture a behind-the-scenes view of the restaurant business. It is in this scenario that Leah is in her element, stirring her concoctions, ordering supplies, and greeting restaurant guests. Thus, Blache captures an authentic presentation of one of New Orleans most important icons.

Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III is on display through September 9th. The exhibition is sponsored by Richard C. Colton Jr., Liberty Bank and Trust, and Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Leah Chase Gala Sponsors Were:

Alva & Edgar Chase
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Dick and Dorothy Piner
Adams and Reese
Phyllis Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Benjamin, Jr.
E. John Bullard
Landis Construction Co., LLC
J. Edgar Monroe Foundation
Walter & Margie Morton
Mr. Harold C. Patin
Pat Skelly
Xavier University of Louisiana

Anne & Herschel Abbott
Alvin R. Albe, Jr.
Barbara and Wayne Amedee
Basin St. Station
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Baumer, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi
Dr. and Mrs Isidore Cohn, Jr
Ann Duffy & John Skinner
Julie and Ted George
Alice and Kurt Gitter
Grete Meilman Fine Art
Councilmember Susan Guidry and Hervin Guidry
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hall
Dana & Steve Hansel
Mr. and Mrs. Harby Kreeger
Sally & Jay Lapeyre
Mr. and Mrs. Brent Lilly
Dr. and Mrs. E. Ralph Lupin
Ellen & Stephen Manshel
David Marcello & Jane Johnson
Elaine L. Mintz
Wayne & Debra Neveu
Pixie & Jimmy Reiss
Mr. and Mrs. George Rodrigue
Adrea D. Heebe & Dominick A. Russo, Jr.
Elizabeth and John H. Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Schneider
Aimee & Mike Siegel
Bruce L. Soltis
Ms. Harold Stream
Ambassador and Mrs. John G. Weinmann
Joel W. Weinstock
George Winston, Dancing Cat Productions, Inc.

Hirschel and Mimi Abbott
Roberta P. Bartee
Monica Blache
Adrian K. Cohn
Bill Hess
Mrs. S. Herbert Hirsch
Dr. Jarrett Johnson
Ms. Kay McArdle
Dr. Roy R. Marrero
Sybil H. Morial
Betsy Nalty
Ms. Barbara Pate
John A. Pecoul
Meredith Hathorn Penick
Mrs. Charles S. Reily, Jr.
Molly Reily
Sandra L. Robinson, MD
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen
Florence Schornstein
Sue Jane Smock
Carroll W. Suggs
Jackie Sullivan

Culinary Friends of Leah Chase

Arnaud’s Restaurant
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Jay Nix
Paul Prudhomme

Cindy Brennan Davis
McIlhenny Company
P & J Oyster Co, Inc

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