Miss Leah and Mr "Dooky" Chase
By: Kent B. - MSTV
When one thinks of "Dooky Chase," thoughts of good food, fine dining and a world famous Treme restaurant that has played host to Presidents and celebrities, the world over, generally come to mind.
And of course, you the can't think of the food and history of this New Orleans cornerstone without recognizing the great lady herself, Chef Leah Chase, materializing in your thoughts as well.
But, does the better half of Miss Leah and "somewhat" (the restaurant was named after his father) namesake of the restaurant, Mr. Dooky, ever cross your mind? Well, even though this incredibly cordial and humble man doesn't actively seek the attention mostly reserved for his famous wife, he deserves it anyway. And this Saturday, he'll be getting it as March 23rd marks the 85th birthday of Edgar "Dooky" Chase, Jr. As expected, its going to be celebrated in a grand way.
I have to say I love both Chases very much. Miss Leah chastises me whenever she sees me, but the words hold comfort like a grandmother's care. But, Mr Dooky is special.. A more gracious and sweet person, I don't think I've ever met; especially given the level of his celebrity and status. Yet to be candid, I don't think he cares about either of those things. Simply put, Edgar "Dooky" Chase is just a incredibly nice man; and one who deserves a birthday celebration to match.
The famous location itself
The party, which can only be called a "Jazz/Classical Fusion Luncheon" will be held at the restaurant tomorrow, starting at 11am.
A second luncheon will begin at 2:30pm.
The price is $85 per person and seating is limited. However, great food aside, the list of entertainment for the event will make you forget about the price of admission.
Local entertainers the likes of: Delfayo Marsalis, Victor Atkins, Anthony Cuccia, Faina Lushtak, Cara McCool, Jep Epstein, Jee Yeoun Ko,Derek Douget, Ellis Marsalis and Khari Allen Lee will be preforming.
As said, seating is very limited. So, if you'd like to grab a good meal, hear some great music and have an opportunity to meet an even greater man, grab your tickets now. For tickets or information, call 504.581.7032, or see www.prcno.org or www.masno.org.
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