Today, the world knows restaurateur Ella Brennan as the matriarch of a Creole-flavored dining dynasty dating back over half a century. She has become a household name in the restaurant business with the success of New Orleans establishment Commander's Palace. Restaurateurs and chefs from all walks of life recognize the important role that Ella has played in building and enhancing Creole cooking in a way that the world could never have anticipated.
What many don’t know is that when Ella Brennan was a teenager in 1940's New Orleans, the city’s food and drink business was in its infant stage, generating less than a million dollars a year. Today, it has grown into a billion-dollar industry for the city, many crediting the Brennan family, guided by Ella for pushing Creole wining and dining into the American mainstream and creating a lasting impact on how Americans eat and drink.
Interviews and verite footage with current and former chefs from Commander's Palace, restaurateurs, peers, family and friends will provide past and present glimpses into Ella's unique life and world. For a woman “who can’t cook worth a lick," but knows “how good food should taste,” this is the intimate and inspiring story of a true American icon...