LE PAM’S HOUSE OF CREOLE

Public News (Houston) - - FRONT PAGE - by Matt Ver­non

Chef Pamela Gra­ham owns and op­er­ates Le Pam’s House of Creole.

Chef Pam is an in­spi­ra­tion and a men­tor to me. The first time I met her, she gave me a big hug, called me baby and started hand­ing me sam­ples of her scratch made Creole. (She still does that to­day! Those slow cooked ox­tails just melt in your mouth!)

Her pas­sion for food came later in life. At first, she wanted to be a hair­dresser. She got her cos­me­tol­ogy li­cense and worked do­ing ladies hair. She laughs when she re­mem­bers a cus­tomer named Ms. Wil­lie Mae who told her. “You do beau­ti­ful hair, but that’s not your gift!” That cus­tomer kept com­ing back and ask­ing why was she still there.

Chef Pam de­cided to go to study food and grad­u­ated from the Culi­nary In­sti­tute of New Or­leans. She told me she would never vol­un­teer to be chef for the day. One day, her teacher, Chef B, vol­un­teered her. She went up, worked her magic and the teacher said, “I knew you could cook, but not this good.” She earned stu­dent of the month!

Once she got a taste of the food world, she re­al­ized the love and the ta­lent she pos­sessed. She grad­u­ated a chef and went to work for Ara­mark, the coun­try’s largest food provider. She told me she learned a lot from work­ing there about ban­quets, bar­tend­ing, pre­sen­ta­tion, etc.

When Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina hit, Chef Pam moved to Cal­i­for­nia. Chef Pam is an in­cred­i­bly friendly, ul­train­tel­li­gent Chef, who loves to cook, loves to laugh and loves to tell sto­ries. I had a great time in­ter­view­ing her. She sub­tlety men­tioned the time when Snoop Dog’s man­ager called her and asked her to cater the BET Awards.

In Cal­i­for­nia, she opened Pam’s Creole Cater­ing. I be­lieve once she was self-em­ployed, the dream con­tin­ued to ma­te­ri­al­ize. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a trained, re­spected, hard-work­ing and gifted chef, she is also a proud mother of 8. Brag­ging about her kids, she told me she has 2 Marines, 2 nurses and one has a dou­ble-mas­ters. What­ever she chooses to do, she

pours all her heart and soul into.

Af­ter the last son grad­u­ated, Chef Pam and her hus­band moved to Hous­ton and opened Le Pam’s House of Creole. She said to get the word out about her restau­rant she would put her chef coat on, in the Texas heat, with fly­ers and sam­ples and go to ev­ery busi­ness along 1960 in­tro­duc­ing her­self. Soon, word spread and peo­ple start­ing find out she has the best Creole food this side of the Sabine River. I had the honor of work­ing an event with her and she was amaz­ing. She has been fea­tured in the Hous­ton Press, Pub­lic News and on the De­bra Dun­can show. She has also been in the na­tional spot­light with Travel Des­ti­na­tions with An­drew Zim­mer­man. Chef Pam just signed a new multi-year lease at her lo­ca­tion, so go sup­port one of the most tal­ented chefs in Hous­ton!

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