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I became familiar with Las Trampas about 15 years ago through my Rotary Club Lamorinda Sunrise. As a group we have done painting of homes, several on-campus landscaping projects and deck building. About eight years ago, Bonnie Peacock (former Development Director) spoke to our club and mentioned that the chef for Chef’s Table had moved away and that the program was unable to continue.
I said “I can do that,” and it has been a wonderful journey since.
I have have learned so much from our clients.
They have taught me patience and above all that life is all about being present.
Helping our clients learn independent living skills is very rewarding and their enthusiasm to cook, or just watch, is very fulfilling.
I have hotel and restaurant training from City College of SF. After a few years at the Disneyland Hotel, I started my insurance career and retired 8 years ago. I am very active cooking at home.
Carol (girlfriend) and I have wonderful dinner parties and I am now a bread baker. I took a class for a week at the SF Baking Institute last year and now make a mean sourdough baguette and Tartine Bakery’s great country bread. Friends and I often cook together.
We are not intimidated.
Since becoming involved with Chef’s Table I was so moved by Las Trampas’ program and its clients that I asked to be considered for a Board position and was invited about four years ago to sit on the board.
Pat Flaharty has been an invaluable addition to our board and leads our Chef’s Table Program every month. Last month, the folks grilled burgers (a client favorite) to feed the entire day program.