Wednesday, March 29

DOOKY COME BACK!

Dooky Come Back: Holy Thursday Gumbo Z'Herbes Luncheon
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Help Get Leah Chase back in Her New Orleans Kitchen

Proudly hosted by MURIEL'S, 801 Chartres Street, NOLA

Menu: gumbo z'herbes, fried chicken, bread pudding with whiskey sauce
Wines: Ravenswood Winery, Simi Winery, Caymus Winery, Sequoia Grove Winery, and Perrier-Joulet Champagne

GIVING LEVELS

* Roux: Traditional gumbo z'herbes Lunch $75
* Dooky Donor: Commemorative autographed poster; traditional gumbo z'herbes lunch $150.
* Holy Trinity: Leah Chase cooking class at Savvy Gourmet; commemorative autographed poster; traditional gumbo z'herbes lunch $300.
* Gumbo Z'Herbes: entertainment provided by Leah Chase Kamata; invitation to Grand Re-opening of Dooky Chase Restaurant; commemorative autographed poster; traditional gumbo z'herbes lunch $500.

All proceeds benefit the rebuilding of Dooky Chase. For a reservation, please call 504-568-9021. If you are unable to join us but would like to make a contribution, please contact poppy@poppytooker.com

Listen to Lolis Elie, who says, "n those days before integration, when we needed a place to meet and eat and plan a future for our city that would include all of us, her doors were open. When we wanted to keep the Thursday before Easter Holy, we came to her for green gumbo and fellowship, and a reminder of those old Creole traditions that we might otherwise have forgotten. When we needed support for our community or just a kind word and a smiling face, we went to her. Now that the winds and waters of the recent hurricanes have left Dooky Chase battered and in disrepair, Leah Chase needs us. She intends to rebuild that once grand restaurant. We hope you will join us in helping her."

Friday, March 24

AMY EVANS WINS ORAL HISTORY AWARD

The SFA's own Amy Evans was recently chosen as the first recipient of the Elbert R. Hilliard Oral History Award for an oral history project on Greenville-based restaurant Doe's Eat Place. The award was established last year by the Mississippi Historical Society to recognize outstanding work in oral history, and is named for the retired head of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for his diligent support of the medium.

It's an exemplary project; they were diligent in following the principles and standards of doing an oral project while still being innovative, said Stephen Sloan, chairman of the Mississippi Historical Society's Oral History Committee, which chose the winner.