Plans for a library, education center in Charlie Trotter's name

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By Ashley Lisenby

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The widow of the late Charlie Trotter, Rochelle Smith Trotter, has plans to build the Charlie Trotter Library and the Charlie Trotter Center for Excellence in honor of the renowned chef.

The library would showcase Trotter's "collection of culinary-related items," reports Crain's Chicago Business. The education center would teach his cooking methods; including his theories on cuisine, wine and other practices.

Trotter's friend and colleague David Bouley hosted a tribute dinner Friday in New York to honor Trotter and to kick-off a fundraising campaign benefiting the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation.

Two more fundraisers are planned for February and April.

Mrs. Trotter aims to form a board of directors and advisory committee for the non-profit organization who will oversee Trotter's namesake library and learning center.

Also in the works? A tribute book full of commentary from Trotter's friends on the lessons each person learned from the master chef. Rochelle said in an interview with DNAinfo Lincoln Park that the inspiration for the book came from a cookbook that Trotter put together in memory of a close friend.

Trotter and his wife were active supporters of Oak Park-based Hephzibah Children's Association. 

Story updated: January 29, 2014

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