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Tee-Eva, New Orleans Queen of Pralines has passed away

Tee-Eva of Tee-Eva Famous Pies & Pralines on Magazine St., passed away yesterday at University Medical Center. She was 83.. My condolences to her family. ⚜

The death was confirmed by Geannie Thomas, Mrs. Perry’s close friend and co-founder, along with Antoinette K-Doe, of the Ernie K-Doe Baby Dolls.

Eva Louis Perry, founder of Tee-Eva’s Famous Pies and Pralines, was born and raised on the Glendale Plantation of Colonie, Louisiana. Her voyage to become the “New Orleans Queen of Pralines” began in 1980 when she became an entrepreneur by sharing her grandmother’s family recipes with the world.
Eva began her career in Los Angeles, catering private events for celebrities as well as then-Governor of California, Jerry Brown. Tee Eva, short for “Aunt Eva,” was the name coined by natives of New Orleans. In our familial city, native New Orleanians often refer to respected elder women and men as “Aunt” and “Uncle.” In 1987, Tee Eva returned to the Big Easy and rented a small kitchen located in Mid-City, making her pies and pralines to sell to local restaurants and businesses. A year later, her business grew beyond the small space, and she moved to her first full service kitchen in 1991, with a successful sit-down restaurant. She ultimately found a permanent home for her much sought-after cooking on historic Magazine street in 1994, where the Tee-Eva’s shop has remained for over 15 years.
Eva’s cooking has been featured in countless magazines such as Elle, Home and Garden, Sherman’s Travel, Country Living, and Williams-Sonoma. Aunt Eva also became a television regular via the nationally-syndicated Food Network program “Road Tasted” with Jamie and Bobby Dean, as well as Anthony Bourdain’s cooking show on the Travel Channel. Tee Eva retired in 2000, passing all of her Creole family recipes to her granddaughter, who to this day fully owns and operates the business.

Source: http://tee-evapralines.com/

Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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