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Leah's Pralines to Join the SoFAB National Culinary Heritage Register

  • Leah's Pralines 714 St Louis St New Orleans, LA, 70130 United States (map)

The eighth listing named to the SoFAB Culinary Heritage Register is Leah’s Pralines in New Orleans, LA.  A ceremony marking this event will take place on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at noon at its location at 714 St. Louis Street. The SoFAB Culinary Heritage Register is a list of culinary products, processes, inventions, traditions, and establishments that are at least fifty years old and that have contributed significantly to the development of American foodways.  The first and only register of its kind, the Culinary Heritage Register is an initiative designed to explore and preserve the complex history of food and beverage in America. Learn more here.


Originally named Cook’s Confections after its owner Cecil Cook, the shop opened on South Rampart Street in New Orleans in 1933. In 1944, Cook sold his praline company to Leah Johnson, and it became known as Leah’s Southern Confections and eventually Leah’s Pralines. Leah’s niece, Elna Stokes, is the present day proprietor, and she runs the shop with her daughter Suzie. Leah’s Pralines is the oldest, continually operating, family-owned praline shop in New Orleans. The traditional pralines, frosted pecans, pecan brittle, and peanut brittle recipes and cooking methods have not changed in over seventy years.

Earlier Event: June 29
Taste of New Orleans: Cooking Class
Later Event: July 6
Summer Kids Culinary Camp