Thompson, who has cooked there for over half-a-century, learned to make fried chicken and rolls from her mother Helen Dickerson, Young’s daughter. Miss Helen, as everyone at the Chalfonte called her, was the head waitress at the Magnolia Room and a talented home cook. In the 1960s, the Satterfields asked her to step in as chef. Thompson and her older sister, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Burton, followed, and officially took over their mother’s stead when Miss Helen retired in 1990. At the end of every season, they’d claim it was their last. And every April, sure as the tides, they’d return.