Willie Mae Seaton makes the best fried chicken I've ever had in my life. And I've eaten thousands of pieces of fried chicken across America in search of the best. Willie Mae Seaton's chicken has a crisp and crunchy exterior, is just salty enough, and has that cosmic "oneness" between skin and crust. And if you want to taste it, listen up. Now pushing ninety, Ms. Seaton was wiped out by Katrina. Her restaurant, Willie Mae's Scotch House, was until a few years ago a true neighborhood treasure savored by her fellow Treme residents and some foodies in the know from New Orleans and beyond. Now the Southern Foodways Alliance, along with the Viking Range Company, is trying to raise the $135,000 needed to rebuild and reopen Willie Mae's. So get out your checkbook and write the biggest, fattest check you can to the Gulf Coast Renaissance Fund, then mail it to Mary Beth Lasseter, Southern Foodways Alliance, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677.
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