Charlie Trotter's Widow Plans Library, School in Chef's Honor

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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Widow of legendary Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, Rochelle Smith Trotter, is hoping to keep her late husband’s legacy alive with plans for a library and education center in his honor.

Rochelle Smith Trotter and the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation announced plans for a Charlie Trotter Library and a Charlie Trotter Center for Education, according to Eater.

The library will reportedly showcase Chef Trotter’s “personal collection,” and will likely feature a number of cookbooks he authored.

The Center for Excellence, said to be the late chef’s dream, is set to be a “learning institution” that focuses on Trotter’s philosophy on cuisine, service wine and life.

The center is not expected to be a cooking school but rather a place to host lectures and seminars, Eater reports.

To help bring the lofty goals to reality, the organization has planned a massive fundraising push throughout 2014.

The campaign kicked off last week with a dinner by famous New York chef and close friend of Trotter’s, David Bouley, which marked the start of a monthly series of fundraising events, culminating in a November gala in Chicago.

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