Thursday, May 1, 2014
VIP Reception 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
General Tasting 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall
78 E Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
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Featured Chef: Gale Gand
Gale Gand, partner and founding executive pastry chef of the Five Diamond, four star restaurant TRU in Chicago, with it’s Michelin star, was named pastry chef of the year by The James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit magazine in 2001. Host of the long running Food Network and Cooking Channel’s “Sweet Dreams,” the network’s first all dessert show, Gand has appeared on “Iron Chef America”, “Martha Stewart”, Baking With Julia (Child)”, Oprah, and judged Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Just Desserts”, and many more. Gale was asked by Mayor Daley to create a special dessert to serve to the President of China on his 2011 visit to Chicago.
Gand is also an accomplished cookbook author with seven titles to her credit including her most recent, “Gale Gand’s Brunch.” She has her own root beer company producing “Gale’s Root beer”, has a BFA from RIT and attended culinary school at La Varenne in Paris. She currently makes appearance, gives cooking demonstrations, and teaches cooking classes for adults and children at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest IL, an organic historic farm.
Gale is married to an environmentalist, Jimmy Seidita, has a 17 year old son Gio Tramonto and twin 9 year old girls, Ella and Ruby.