A new documentary about culinary giant and civil rights icon "Leah Chase: The Queen of Creole Cuisine,” will be the opening night feature of the 7th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. in Mandeville. Tickets are $5.
She's fed everyone from presidents to rock stars. But what is less know is that she was born and raised in Madisonville, where members of her family still reside.
Director Bess Carrick will be in attendance for a question and answer session following the screening, as well as Jim Dotson of WLAE-TV which helped produce the film.
Leah Chase has been honored with the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, was the inspiration for the Disney princess character Tiana and most recently was named the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' 2018 Humanist of the Year.
Chase, now 95, built the world renowned Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans with her husband, the late Edgar Chase.
She earned another title in 2015, St. Tammany Native Son, from the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affair at its President’s Arts Awards. It recognized Leah Chase as a woman who took what she learned from the foods raised on the family farm and the hard work ethic instilled by her parents, to accomplish her best.
The screening kicks off the 7thannual Pontchartrain Film Festival which runs Nov. 2-3 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot, 675 Lafitte St. Louisiana Made Short Films will screen at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, followed by the top five winners of the Louisiana Film Prize, a $50,000 short film competition, at 5:30 p.m. Admission for both is $5.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival is a project of the nonprofit Olde Towne Arts Center and hosted by the City of Mandeville. A complete schedule and information are available at www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com.