Mildred Council News & Bio

Name:Mildred Council
Hometown:Chapel Hill, NC
Born:April 11, 1929
Died:May 20, 2018
Notes:Chef, Founder of Mama Dip's Restaurant

Family ownership of businesses in Chapel Hill span decades, generations
Maurice Julian opened a men’s clothing store on Franklin Street in 1942. More than 80 years later, Julian's grandson Bart carries on his namesake and...

Mama Dip's Legacy Lives on Through Her Daughters and Granddaughters
Mildred Council may have been known to the world by her childhood nickname, Dip (inspired by her long arms), but her reach has been much...

Five BIPOC-owned restaurants that have defined the Chapel Hill dining scene
The granddaughter of an enslaved person, Mildred Council had been working in the food industry for decades when Chapel Hill’s first Black real estate agent...

How Tonya Council, Mildred 'Mama Dip' Council's Granddaughter, Started a Southern Food Empire
When Tonya Council was growing up in Chapel Hill, she went to her grandmother’s restaurant every day after school. Her grandmother, Mildred Council a.k.a. Mama...

Southern chef Mama Dip, civil rights leader Harold Foster honored in Chapel Hill
Mildred Council opened for breakfast in 1976, a moment that would spark a legacy in Southern food. Over the next four decades, her restaurant Mama...

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