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October 2014

Learn the secrets of preparing and enjoying deliciously healthy cuisine and take the Lake Austin Spa Resort experience with you. Join us October 13-19, 2014.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Cooking Session with Guest Chef: Grace Young
Grace Young has been called the Stir-Fry Guru by the New York Times, the Wok Queen by the Washington Post, and the Wok Evangelist by the website Her newest cookbook Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge won the 2011 James Beard Foundation’s Best International Cookbook Award. It was also named one of the top cookbooks of the year by NPR, Washington Post, Good Morning America, and Huffington Post. Young is a three-time IACP award-winning writer, including the Jane Grigson Award for distinguished scholarship, recipient of the World Food Media Award, and the eGullet Culinary Journalist Scholarship. She is the award-winning author of The Breath of a Wok and The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen.
Young has been featured in The New York Times, All Things Considered, and on CBS News Sunday Morning, in addition to appearing as a guest on the Martha Stewart Show. She is a contributing editor for Saveur magazine and her work has appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and Eating Well. She has lectured at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, New York University, Culinary Institute of America Greystone, James Beard Foundation, and the French Culinary Institute. For seventeen years Young was the Test Kitchen Director and Director for Food Photography for over forty cookbooks published by Time-Life Books.


Friday, October 17, 2014
Cooking Session
With Guest: Gale Gand

Chef Gale Gand is a nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, teacher, entrepreneur, and mother. Chef Gand has been recognized as Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year by The James Beard Foundation and by Bon Appetite magazine.

Gale’s latest restaurant project, Spritz Burger, is a collaboration with The Hearty Boys, (Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh) who won Food Network’s reality competition “The Next Food Network Star”, season 1. The menu will feature vintage seltzer cocktails, house-made sodas including Gand’s cinnamon-ginger-vanilla root beer, grass-fed burgers, and desserts by Gale. Spritz Burger will serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday with a fabulous brunch on Sunday and will be family friendly, fun, and modern. It’s scheduled to open in March, 2014, in the Lake View neighborhood on the north side of Chicago.

For 8 years, Gale hosted the Food Network series “Sweet Dreams,” the first nationally televised all-dessert show anywhere. Gale has made appearances on “The Martha Stewart Show,” “Oprah,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Baking With Julia” (Child), ”Good Morning America,” “The Rachael Ray Show” and “The Today Show.” She competed on “Iron Chef America” and has been featured as a celebrity judge on “Food Network Challenge,” “Last Cake Standing,” "Top Chef" and “Top Chef Just Desserts.”

Gale is the founding pastry chef and partner of the beloved Chicago restaurant Tru, opened with long-time culinary partner Chef Rick Tramonto and restaurateur Rich Melman in 1999. Tru quickly became a sensation among Chicago’s fine dining community and has earned ecstatic praise from reviewers, receiving accolades from the James Beard Foundation; the Michelin, Mobil and AAA guides; Relais Gourmand; Wine Spectator magazine; and was named Chicago’s Best Restaurant by Chicago Magazine. Prior to opening Tru, Gand and Tramonto earned increasing acclaim at their Chicago area restaurants Trio and Brasserie T, and at Stapleford Park, an historic country house hotel near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, England, where in 1991 Tramonto and Gand became the first American chefs to earn a Michelin Red M.
Gale is a prolific cookbook author with eight titles to her credit, including her most recent “Gale Gand’s Brunch!,” released in 2009 and her next book, “Gale Gand’s Lunch!” to be released in April 2014. Earlier titles (written with Rick Tramonto) include: American Brasserie (1997); Butter Sugar Flour Eggs (1999); and Tru: A Cookbook from the Legendary Chicago Restaurant (2004). More recently, Gand authored  Just a Bite (2001); Short and Sweet (2004); and Chocolate and Vanilla (2006).

In the summer of 2008, two of Gale’s desserts were featured at the USA House at the Beijing Olympics. In 2011 Chef Gand was chosen by Mayor Daley to create the desserts for Chicago’s  welcome dinner for China’s President Hu in 2011. Gale participates in many national and local charities. In 2010 and 2011, she was a mentor in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative, which helps fight childhood obesity through nutritional education.

Gale holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology,  majoring in silver and gold smithing, and attended culinary school at La Varenne in Paris. Gale’s father Bob and brother Gary are both professional musicians, and Gale performed frequently with them as a child in the Gand Family Singers including at Disney Land, University of Chicago Folk Festival, Ozark Folklore Center, Expo 67 in Montreal, and the 1973 World’s Fair in Spokane Washington. She resides in Riverwoods, Illinois with her husband, Jimmy Seidita, son Gio (17), twin daughters Ella and Ruby (9). 

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