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.
Tee Eva’s Famous Pies and Pralines strive to satisfy our
customer’s Creole appetite by using unique Cajun ingredients
found exclusively in Louisiana and family recipes that have
been passed down for generations. Our commitment to our
customers is to meet and exceed the quality expectations
associated with New Orleans heritage. We are dedicated to
nourishing our customers mind, body and soul, stimulating the
“Big Easy” culture through our authentic cuisines.
Tee Eva’s Famous Pies and Pralines’ daily inspiration is to
become the world’s premier praline supplier uniting different
cultures around the world.
Passion - We at Tee Eva’s have a passion for satisfying the
palates of our customers, providing great tasting food while
nourishing their minds body and souls.
Integrity - In all that we do, we strive to provide the
highest quality ingredients and service to our patrons to
ensure customer loyalty.
Community and Environment - We are committed to encouraging
and developing young entrepreneurs in the local community by
providing summer mentorships for young adults. We recognize
our own responsibility to respect our environment, therefore
we reuse, recycle, and strive to reduce waste.
Culture - We promise to remain loyal to our New Orleans Creole
heritage by using unique ingredients indigenous to Louisiana,
while offering Lagniappe (a little something extra) and