Chef Tootie Morrison

The winner of multiple Louisiana Food Prize Golden Forks and the face that has become synonymous with Abby Singer’s Bistro, Chef Tootie Morrison, has resigned. Friends of Chef Tootie know that she has been planning this for quite some time, but wanted to time it to give the new Executive Director at Robinson Film Center a chance to move in and get a feel for the place. Over her two tours of duty at Abby Singer’s Bistro, Tootie brought a lot of light, life and great good to RFC, and we will all miss her. On the flip side, we applaud her to taking a leap in the ‘next chapter’ in her culinary career. Here is the press release sent out by RFC in making the announcement of her departure.

Shreveport, LA – Chef Tootie Morrison bid a fond farewell to Abby Singer’s Bistro and the Robinson Film Center today (Wednesday, Aug. 31). Chef Morrison, who has been with RFC since 2011, informed the staff and board of her intention to leave earlier this year. “Chef Tootie is inextricably linked to the growth and stature of RFC in the community over the last decade,” said Wendell Riley, Executive Director of RFC. “Even though she felt that the time was right to move on, she was gracious enough to continue with us while we transitioned between Executive Directors.”

While her departure means that guests will no longer be able to interact with her at the bistro, operations will continue as normal, with fan favorites remaining on the menu for the foreseeable future. “RFC and Abby Singer’s go hand in hand, and it is important for us to continue the legacy of what has been built, and what our patrons have come to expect from us in terms of quality and service,” said Riley. “We’ve worked with Tootie to make sure this transition is as seamless as possible, with no disruption for our customers.”

“RFC has been an important part of my culinary career,” said Morrison. “Even though I am leaving, it will always have a special place in my heart.”

“Above all, we want to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Tootie for everything she has done for RFC,” said Riley. “On behalf of the staff and board of RFC, I want to wish her every success in her future endeavors.”