FE: Chef-Crafted Recos

26 Mar FE: Chef-Crafted Recos

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ~Julia Child


That quote is sage advice as many of us have been socializing less and staying in to help flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Confession: There’s no reason to be bored once you find your passion! We’ll share inspo for those at home and those ready for a new chapter.


I recently had a lively chat with my talented chef friend, Gloria Dattulo Hafer. Her culinary courses are on hold with her students…yet expanding online. Chef Gloria teaches an “After School Matters” program, inspiring young people to learn the culinary arts and cook healthy meals with whatever’s in the house. She’s taught a healthy eating class to inner city school children’s parents to help stem the tide of childhood obesity as well.
I have to say meeting Gloria was one of my most memorable encounters in Chicago! Gloria and I met at the Red Carpet Concierge award ceremony, where she was crowned “Socialite of the Year” and I was celebrated as “Best Events”. Fun fact: Gloria loves to relax by wearing elegant hats, and ensembles enhanced with plenty of bling. (She’s known as “Gloria the Hat”) She sparkled all evening with her entourage, and I knew I just had to meet her! These were my sailing and film-related event years, so I was able to work with Gloria on several sailing events; we became fast friends. I’ve visited Gloria’s classes, students and events over the last several years and they are crème de la crème.
Recently, Gloria and her students were recognized on a national level for The Drake Hotel’s gingerbread display: “2019 Historic Hotels of America Top 25 Most Magnificent Gingerbread Displays”.
Congrats Gloria on all your accomplishments! Check out the virtual class Chef Gloria is teaching to inspire us with practical, healthy choices during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.instagram.com/afterschoolmatters
Chicago restaurant, pick-up or delivery reco: https://www.riverroastchicago.com
Learn more about Chef Gloria:


In closing, add #2funthings to your list so you always have something to look forward to.
1)Envision a place you’ve visited and how it could work in a scene you want to write in your next book/film.
For example: I have written “Gloria Le Hat” into a scene in my #DavantiThriller travel series; the main image above is where the scene currently takes place: the oh-so-glam Intercon Carlton Cannes. (Oui, I made sure to call Gloria when I was there last winter for scene photos. Get “Davanti” thriller updates here: http://www.akashagarnier.com !)
Now, write your scene.
2)Julia Child proved that French cuisine could be approachable and delicious, and helped us all be bold and fearless, and fun in the kitchen. Check out the movie that’s good fun and travel rolled into one: “Julie & Julia”, directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia. https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Julia-Meryl-Streep/dp/B002VXDOT8


Thanks for reading and welcome your comments below:
Akasha Lin
Akasha Garnier for #TheWishwall
Author, Brand Expert, Filmmaker
Writing Inspo: http://thewishwall.org/tag/writing-tips

  • Simo
    Posted at 14:33h, 27 March Reply

    This is incredible work. Thank you Akasha and Chef Gloria. Sending lots of love and payers

    • AkashaLin
      Posted at 16:17h, 27 March Reply

      Wonderful to hear & share! Grazie & salute, Simo!

  • AkashaLin
    Posted at 16:14h, 27 March Reply

    Proud to share this uplifting story of the great Gloria Dattulo Hafer with our readers! Grazie bella Gloria + Simo!!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 10:49h, 28 March Reply

    Yes! Thank you for this beautiful story story and photo. You lifted my spirits and are doing so much good! <3

  • gloria hafer
    Posted at 18:30h, 10 May Reply

    Thank you for honoring my work with the teens. It is greatly appreciated and we also have to remember all the great teens of Chicago making a difference in their young lives and reaching for the stars!!! I am so proud of all of them and they continue to amaze me with all their accomplishments!!!

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