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Trotter Project To Promote Famed Chef’s Ideals

June 12, 2014 – Crain’s Chicago Business – Dylan Trotter has started a nonprofit promoting healthy living and nutritional education in honor of his late father, chef Charlie Trotter.

“I wanted to have the announcement around Father’s Day as a special way to pay tribute to my dad and grandfather, who started the restaurant (Charlie Trotter’s) together,” Mr. Trotter said in a release. Charlie Trotter’s mother, Dona-Lee, and siblings, Anne, Scott and Tom, are also part of the nonprofit.

The Trotter Project has a home in the shuttered Trotter’s restaurant on Armitage Avenue.

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Charlie Trotter’s Alumni Announce The Trotter Project,
A New Alumni-Driven Not-For-Profit

Chicago – Charlie Trotter’s alumni joined Dylan Trotter, Chef Charlie Trotter’s son, other Trotter family members, culinary colleagues, Mary Ann Rose, Chairman of the Board of The Magnificent Mile Association, Bob O’Neill, President of The Grant Park Conservancy, 43rd Ward Alderman Michelle Smith and Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia to announce the formation of the new not-for-profit called The Trotter Project. An alumni-hosted champagne reception followed the announcement.

Dylan Trotter said, “I wanted to have the announcement around Father’s Day as a special way to pay tribute to my dad and grandfather who started the restaurant [Charlie Trotter’s] together.”

“Spearheaded by Trotter alumni, the idea for The Trotter Project originated during the days following the loss of one of the culinary world’s greats: Chef Charlie Trotter,” said Homaro Cantu, Chairman of the Board of The Trotter Project and Chef and Owner of Michelin-starred Moto Restaurant and Berrista Coffee (opening in September, 2014) in Chicago. “Conversations began among alumni and his culinary colleagues who wanted to be a part of something that paid tribute to the principles instilled in them by Chef Trotter. We are humbled and excited to have an ever-widening circle of alumni and culinary colleague supporters who have joined the initiative to celebrate the lasting legacy of Chef Charlie Trotter.”

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