Free virtual lecture on New Orleans female Creole cuisine pioneers scheduled March 10

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An online lecture on the history of female chefs who shaped the style of New Orleans Creole cuisine is scheduled March 10 and will be available to the public for free.

Titled, “The Queens of New Orleans Creole Cuisine: From Tante Zoe to Leah Chase,” the lecture is hosted by the Hermann-Grima Gallier Historic Houses located at 820 St. Louis St. in the French Quarter and will feature Zella Palmer, a professor and food historian at Dillard University.

The lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the link can be found at Although the lecture is free while in-person programming is paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is accepting donations to cover the costs of producing the lecture. A link to donate can be found here:

During the lecture, Palmer will discuss African-American women from the 18th to the 20th centuries who were major contributors to establishing New Orleans as a city known throughout the world for its Creole cuisine.

The lecture will include Palmer’s research into the lives of Nellie Murray, Rose Nicaud, Leah Chase, among others, and how history has developed as a result of their contributions.

Palmer is also the chair and director of Dillard’s Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture and who researches the culinary histories of African-Americans, Native Americans and Laintos in New Orleans and the South.

She curated The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot academic conference in March 2015. In 2019, under Palmer’s leadership, Dillard University launched a Food Studies academic program.

Additionally, Palmer is also the author of the 2019 cookbook, “Recipes and Remembrances of Fair Dillard: 1869-2019.”

More information on the event can be found on its social media page.