Once again, I’ve waited too long to write, and I have so many things piling up that I would love to share. I had a great Beer, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing event at my house that I hosted with my buddy from over at www.hoptologysd.com. I will post that tomorrow (See, if I write that then I have to get it out to you guys!). However, this morning I learned that Chef Charlie Trotter, age 54, passed away yesterday. He wasn’t the kind of chef that needed spiky hair and sunglasses around the back of his neck, nor was he a chef that had loud catch phrases. I didn’t know him personally, but he seemed like a straight forward, serious, and dedicated chef. He had 10 James Beard Awards under his toque along with ten cookbooks. He recently closed his Chicago restaurant, and I learned today that his plan was to return to college to study philosophy. The San Diego Union Tribune quoted him saying recently, “What’s the worst that could happen? Life’s too short. You may be on this planet for 80 years at best or who knows, but you can’t just pedal around and do the same thing forever.”
I keep getting reminders that life can be shockingly short. I think Charlie Trotter had the right idea. I’m not suggesting everyone quit their jobs and study pottery and live in a commune (unless the commune is stocked with amazing beer, wine, cheese and chocolate, and that commune will take your crappy pottery as payment). But it reminds me not to get stuck in a rut. I do that a lot. Thanks for the reminder, Chef Trotter! And thank you for your dedication to your craft.
Take Care and Happy Eating!