September 8, 2011
City Opera House
Opening night reception at the popular Epicurean Classic featured award winning cookbook author Gretchen Holt Witt. The Epicurean Classic is one of the country’s premier culinary events, bringing together the finest chefs, authors and taste-makers for a celebration of food and wine. A powerhouse in the food industry, Witt has overseen PR for KitchenAid Cookware, Chicago Cutlery, etc. But nearly five years ago, her career took a back seat when her then two-and-a-half-year-old son Liam was diagnosed with stage IV pediatric cancer. Discovering a lack of research funding for the disease, she held a bake sale to try and raise money for the cause. In December of 2007, Witt sold an astonishing 96,000 cookies and raised $400,000 for cancer research. Since then, her foundation, Cookies for Kids Cancer, has held over 2,000 bake sales in 49 states and raised millions of dollars for cancer research. Witt has been named one of 50 “Women Who Are Changing the World.” At this special event, Witt talked about her new fall cookbook “The Bake Sale Cookbook, and how she created a national movement. 100% of the proceeds from the book benefi t pediatric cancer research. The event concluded with a reception and author book signing.