Gale Gand comes to breakfast for Youth Services
Updated: November 29, 2012 1:13PM
It was a very good morning for guests at the 8th annual Friends of Youth Services “Girlfriends’ Breakfast and Boutique” on Nov. 2.
Celebrity chef, teacher, restaurateur and author Gale Gand of Riverwoods was a guest of honor for the sell-out ballroom breakfast, and everyone enjoyed treats inspired by one of Gand’s bestselling cookbooks, Gale Gand’s Brunch!
“We’re doing a breakfast that I got to design the menu for,” said Gand, taking a break in between book signings at the event, held at Northbrook’s Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel.
The “Girlfriends’ Breakfast and Boutique,” supporting Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, is a popular kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Guests could purchase handmade holiday goods and gift items in a boutique setting.
“I am in one of the best places of my life right now,” said Gand. She’s appreciative of moments like this that allow her to give of her talents for deserving others.
A portion of the sales of her signature root beer sodas, cookbooks and signed aprons will support the mission of Youth Services.
“I have three kids,” said Gand. As she continued with her breakfast introduction, she revealed deep emotions on the subject at hand. “It breaks my heart that there are kids out there who live very close to us who don’t have what our children have. And it’s not for lack of that their parents don’t work hard. It’s for other reasons…”
Gand and her husband Jimmy Seidita are the parents of twins Ruby and Ella, 8, both second-graders at Wilmot Elementary School in Deerfield. Their older brother Gio, 16, is a high school junior.
Gand, a Deerfield High School graduate, is executive pastry chef and partner of Tru Restaurant in Chicago.
Her father is Bob Gand, Village Music Store owner in Deerfield.
Before her opening remarks, Gale Gand reiterated her concern for families in need, a timely theme with Thanksgiving here.
“It makes me crazy that there are people in my community who don’t get great food, and who need help from our food pantry,” she said.
To ensure that the Deerfield pantry and other pantries get the support they need, Gand speaks at local organizations to raise money and encourage volunteers.