celebrated her 90th birthday by launching the Edgar "Dooky" Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation, the stated mission of which is to "provide funding to individuals and organizations that support education, creative and culinary arts, and social justice." The civil rights pioneer and queen of Creole cuisine kicked off the event with a special three-seating luncheon at her Treme restaurant, followed by a gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel featuring many of the city's all-star chefs.
The City of New Orleans
is once again helping with coastal restoration by urging residents to put out their Christmas trees Jan. 10, 11 and 12 so the trees can be trucked to the Gulf Coast and recycled as part of the regional wetlands protection program. Trees should be denuded of decorations and not bagged. Flocked and artificial trees cannot be used in the program.
Delta Sigma Theta,
the national sorority for African-American women, will celebrate its 100th anniversary Jan. 13. The group's national Centennial Torch Tour stopped in New Orleans last week, with programs held at the city's historically black colleges: Xavier University, Dillard University and Southern University at New Orleans, as well as the Flint-Goodridge Senior Citizens Facility, site of the first nursing degree program for African-Americans.
produced a nice report about the late New Orleans R&B legend Ernie K-Doe — then spoiled the whole thing by titling it "A One-Hit Weirdo's Rise, Fall and Redemption." After commenters howled in protest, NPR apologized and retitled the story "The Rise, Fall and Redemption of New Orleans' R&B Emperor."