Leah Chase: Faith, Family & Food
In New Orleans Leah Chase is as well known as any jazz musician or long time politician. It is true, too, that once you leave the watery city and go in any direction you’re bound to find someone who is an enthusiast of Creole food, New Orleans and a big fan of Leah Chase.
She has overseen the evolution of her famous dining spot from a sandwich shop that prospered during segregation to a fine dining restaurant filled with her impressive African American art collection. During the Civil Rights movement the leadership found great friends and supporters in Leah & Dooky Chase. Strategies were devised in the upstairs dining room she devoted to their planning sessions. When describing her memories of those pivotal times she says, “I like to think we changed the world through a bowl of gumbo.” Honored by chefs, philanthropists, humanitarians, and civil rights activists Leah Chase has received awards and commendations for her efforts that have furthered the causes of art, culture and Creole cuisine.
This documentary will chronicle her remarkable life. Through the historical landscape of segregation, and the intensifying interests worldwide in New Orleans cuisine and Creole culture, specifically creoles de couleur, Leah Chase has played an important role.
Filmmaker Bess Carrick, known for her documentary films, Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet & Backlash: Race and the American Dream is the film’s producer and director. Joining her creative production team will be Associate Producers, Butler Burdine, Pat Denechaud, and Todd Schmidt, cinematographers, Todd Schmidt and Jackson Hill, media editor, Jim Land, and Jeffrey Talbot, audio engineer of Level 3 Digital Media. A trailer for the film, Leah Chase: Faith, Family and Food can be seen below. Please allow it time to buffer so that you can watch it uninterrupted.
The producers wish to express their gratitude for your tax deductible contributions to our documentary film on Mrs. Chase. You may use the secure PayPal donate button above to donate any amount. Donations made either by credit card or by check will be tax deductible. If you would rather you may send a check by mail. Please make the check payable to SoFab and note that it is for the Leah Chase film. The 501-c-3 FEIN# for your tax purposes is 33-1081281.
The mailing address for your contributions is:
Bess Carrick, Producer Blackbird Media
3625 Canal St 3rd Floor New Orleans, LA 70119
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, through SoFAB Media, is acting as the fiscal agent for this documentary.