TV personality Gail Simmons talks with her mouth full, and she admits it. In fact, her newest book is Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as as Professional Eater. Simmons spoke at the Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah’s Opening Luncheon. She is featured in the photo with Detroit Chapter President Joan Epstein (left). The Canadian-born foodie studied anthropology but found her way to the magazine world by writing restaurant reviews. She is currently the Special Projects Director of Food & Wine magazine. Since 2006, she has been the host and judge of Top Chef. She credits her rise to fame due to her love of food.
No kid should ever be without a Christmas. That’s the motto of the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit. This year’s annual breakfast tribute honored Peter Karmanos Jr., the recently retired CEO of Compuware. Pete is a visionary and philanthropist along with his wife Danialle. The breakfast was held at the renovated Cobo Hall with beautiful vistas of the Detroit River. The choir from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences entertained the crowd. In the top right photo Karmanos is with some of the students. Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian from WDIV TV (top right) introduced Karmanos. In the lower left photo, Fox2 Detroit TV Anchor Huel Perkins interviews Mayor Dave Bing.
In the last month, there are two special quilts I would love to share. The one on the left is part a national AIDS exhibit. It happens to be at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak this week. It’s the weekend of the annual AIDS Walk in Detroit. The AIDS quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the beloved people who lost their battle to AIDS. The colorful quilt on the right is one I purchased from designer Martha Butch who owns the store Front Porch Quilts located in Troy, Mich. This quilt is perfect for my granddaughter. I just love the animal pattern.