Thursday, Aug 5, 6:45-8:15 PM

Lena Richard’s New Orleans Cook Book: A Groundbreaking Story of Innovation and Resilience

Lena Richard was a Black chef who built a culinary empire in New Orleans during the Jim Crow South. As part of her inspiring career as a chef, educator, and entrepreneur, in 1939 she became the first African American person to publish a Creole cookbook, New Orleans Cook Book. Ten years later, she also became one of the first Black chefs to have her own cooking program on television based on her much-beloved cookbook. Join guest chef and New Orleanian Dee Lavigne as she prepares a classic Creole dish and recounts Richard's compelling story, which is currently featured in a recently installed case, “The Only One in the Room: Women Achievers in Business and the Cost of Success,” in the American Enterprise exhibition at National Museum of American History. Lavigne will also share her own story as a chef and entrepreneur in the Crescent City and how she draws inspiration from Richard’s career as she continues to build her own business, Deelightful Desserts, during the challenges of the current moment. This program is hosted in collaboration with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum where Lavigne is the Director of Culinary Programming.