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Leah Chase to celebrate 95th birthday 

Gala dinner to be held Jan. 6 at Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Leah Chase, New Orleans' Queen of Creole Cuisine, is turning 95. That's reason to celebrate.

  On Saturday, Jan. 6, a gala dinner and reception at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans will honor Chase and raise funds for the family's charitable foundation. According to an announcement, the dinner and reception will feature "a musical and theatrical journey through the joys of (Chase's) life," as well as a "roster of recognizable faces and tributes." A four-course dinner will be prepared, but chefs for the event have not been announced.

  There is a patron reception at 6 p.m., and the dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are $250, and guests must make reservations by Dec. 29 at www.dookychasefoundation.org.

  Proceeds from the dinner will support the Edgar "Dooky" Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation, a nonprofit that funds social justice and education, culinary and creative arts programs.

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