I am humbled by the contribution of the hundreds of people who have played an important role in the development of À La Carte. This book has been made possible by the exceptional volunteers who contributed their professional services with dedication, commitment and passion. When I embarked on this journey, I set out to be surrounded by people who would provide their professional services pro bono to bring it to life.
I am forever grateful to have met you and to have been on this journey together: Neal Caminsky of Red Dream Studios, graphic designer par excellence; Riccardo Cellere, unparalleled photographer; Hanna Hajilou of À La Table by Hanna, best food stylist in the industry; Carolina Moens for taking on the enormously important role of getting a beautiful finished product ready for print; journalist Susan Schwartz for her eloquent editing; and Galia Zagury for her support, vote of confidence and multi-faceted expertise.
Nutrition & Lifestyle
Thank you for sharing your professional expertise in shaping the nutrition and lifestyle content featured throughout the À La Carte cookbook. I am so proud to share your voice so that all families can reap the benefits of what leaders in nutrition and lifestyle have to offer.
Graphic Design & Website Development
The graphic design and website development team devoted its passion and expertise to the development of the masterpiece that is À La Carte. Irena led me into the project by creating a beautiful design, Neal’s dedication took me through the bulk of the work and Carolina carried the torch to completion by putting into place the final layout design, graphic design and iconography for the book.
Ana Garza Robillard
Food Styling & Photography
It was an honour to have had the opportunity to work so closely with such an excellent team: They brought their expertise and their passion to every photo detail, on the website and in the book. Thank you for your endless patience and devotion to this project.
Photoshoot Session Planning
Thank you for helping us move with ease and in such a timely fashion from session to session.
Data Entry, Copywriting, Editing, Proofreading, Quality Control and Indexing
I am grateful to the volunteers for their attention to detail. I am thankful for the endless hours of undivided attention you provided to ensure a flawless finished product. The beautiful writing style is a result of pure professionalism and a passion for creative writing in communicating the À La Carte story. A very special thank you to Tina Abbey and Carolyn Pinto, who led me into the initial editing and copywriting stages, to Lauren Cracower, Leslie Goldsmith, Andrea Simmons and Margaret Quinn for commitment to proofreading, to Susan Schwartz for dedication through to the final exclamation mark, and to J. Lynn Fraser for indexing skills, which make our recipes easily accessible.
J. Lynn Fraser
Marketing, Media and Sales
I am grateful for the unbelievable reach this team generated through its creativity and professional network. The ongoing push and promotion of À La Carte has created incredible buzz, furthering my objective of maximizing fundraising for the hospital.
Chefs, Restaurateurs and Food Bloggers
Thank you for furthering this project as a truly community-based endeavour. I appreciate the time and attention you committed to ensuring that this book has the additional special features which make it a uniquely local project of impeccable quality.
Thank you for your kindness in sharing your expertise and in answering my questions. The project could not have been a success without your guidance.
I was devastated to hear of the passing of Norene Gilletz. Her kindness and warmth, on a personal and professional level, were so much a part of who she was. Norene will be deeply missed by all who knew her or her work.
Thank you for supporting me through the initial pitch of the cookbook mission and objectives and believing in my ability to exceed expectations.
Alessia Di Giorgio
Recipe Contributors, Developers, Testers, Tasters and Quality Control
Thank you to the volunteers who submitted their families’ favourite recipes; to the recipe development team and testers who devoted their time and passion to narrowing down more than 450 recipe submissions to roughly 140 recipes; to the leaders who so warmly hosted events; and to all the wonderful people who came to the tasting events and provided constructive feedback that led to the tweaking of the recipes to be the best they could possibly be; to my testing partner, the LaSalle College Culinary Team c/o Ingrid Beauvais.
Junior Tasters, Testers and Decision Makers
Carl Aaron Altoba
Elijah Blake Caniedo