Greetings all, I have an announcement I’d like to share with you:
As you know, Gail’s career as a food advocate, chef, and business woman affected the lives of so many. She was a friend and inspiration to countless people, and I would like the story of Gail to be shared with those who knew her and those who wish they had. So... I have asked Gail’s friend and fellow food writer/advocate, Twyla Campbell, to write a book about that story and include some recipes. Twyla may contact many of you (on FB and off) to gather stories and details. I’m excited for Twyla to take this on, and she’s excited to be a part of it. I wish her the best, I hope you will as well. Feel free to share this announcement and this picture of Gail on a "cruise" in Vietnam.
Gail Hall was idolized by the Edmonton food, theatre and educational communities. Her passing on Nov 16, 2016 was deeply felt by her many friends, students, tour participants, and people who knew her through her television and radio appearances. To preserve her legacy and to extend her work with young chefs, a memorial fund has been established in the Edmonton Community Foundation.
In 2017, the Change Adventure Camp operated by the Department of Family Medicine at the UofA will be the recipient of a donation from the ChefGail Fund. In later years a small committee will determine how best to direct the proceeds of the fund.
If you wish to support Gail's legacy by making a contribution to the fund you can send a cheque to the Edmonton Community Foundation and mark ChefGail Fund on the notes line. Or you can donate on-line or with a credit card at canadahelps.org For credit card donations by phone, call 780-426-0015 for assistance.
A tax receipt will be issued by he Edmonton Community Foundation for all donations of $20 or more.
Gail (65) passed away peacefully from complications in her lungs resulting from breast cancer. The staff and doctors at the Cross Cancer Institute cared for her gently to the very end.
A Red Seal chef, Gail Hall was an award-winning caterer, broadcaster, food writer, educator, cooking school owner and international culinary tour guide. She operated Gourmet Goodies for 18 years, taught at Seasoned Solutions Loft Cooking School for 10 years, led culinary tours to 35 destinations over a 20-year span and influenced how Edmonton thinks about local food. Her husband of 34 years, Jon, and older brother Allan survive Gail. Her brother Jerry, and parents Sol and Frances predeceased her.
A funeral to honour Gail’s life and legacy was held on Sunday, November 27 at 1 pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037-84 Ave. Edmonton. A celebratory pot-luck dinner was held in January. Donations in lieu of flowers can be directed to the ChefGail Fund at the Edmnonton Community Foundation.
Gail is now at peace enjoying a party that she does not have to cater or clean-up.
Gail is well-remembered, and wonderfully celebrated by a community who loves her.
Read what the media said about Gail's storied career:
Memorial Service for Gail Hall on Sunday Nov. 27 (Edmonton Journal)
Pioneering Edmonton Gail Hall Dies From Breast Cancer (Edmonton Journal)
Remembering Gail Hall: A Champion of Local, A Chef Who Fed Souls (Edmonton Journal)
Local Chef Passes Away (CTV)
Global News at 5pm: Nov 16 (Global News)
2017 would have marked the 20th Anniversary of ChefGail Hall's Culinary Tours. Since 1997, thirty tours have been organized locally, nationally and internationally. Over 600 people participated in these unique culinary and travel experiences and participant retention rate remains at 50% to 75% - which means some participants have taken more than one culinary tour with Gail! Many life-long friends have been made, while exploring the world through the eyes of food, hospitality, culture and travel.
The plans for culinary travel in 2017 included:
We'll celebrate New York exploring the highlights of the previous 4 tours to the Big Apple, and include a Broadway show, of course!
We'll stop at farms and producers en route, visit a brewery or two, eat at fabulous restaurants, take a cooking class and have some time to relax and shop with the mountains as our backdrop.
We'll return to the location of Gail's very first tour for exceptional southwest cuisine, great wine, visits to farms, markets and producers and a stop at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
Unfortunately, the tours will not go ahead because of the passing of ChefGail Hall on November 16, 2016. Gail was optimistic that she would recover from the complications of her cancer treatment and would be able to continue to tour but the universe had other plans for her life. Gail's last tour was to Nova Scotia in September 2016 and she was a trooper right to the end.