By Chef Idalee Cathcart
On January 20th, 2015, my dear friend and mentor, Eddie Deen, invited me to join him in Austin to help cater the Governor’s Inaugural. He asked me to bring 300 of my “Idalee’s of Texas” truffles to give away to the dignitaries. This was a tremendous honor, and Eddie has been so supportive of my efforts. He is a huge proponent of my “All-natural Cole Slaw Sauce” and he loves the truffles.
The event was amazing. We served over 13,000 people in 30 minutes time. I got to schmooze with the dignitaries, which was wonderful – but it was so very special to me to connect with the veterans that were present. That was awesome! I am a passionate patriot.
Two of my uncles served in WWII. We lost one of my uncles there. My brother was named after him. My brother was also in the Army and did a tour in Vietnam. My father did consulting for the military and NASA.
I am currently working very closely with the HCC/22KILL. HCC stands for Honor, Courage and Commitment. 22Kill brings attention to the 22 document-able veteran suicides that happen daily in America with proactive engagement and support. I help them with fundraisers to advance their cause in helping veterans transition to civilian life, often struggling with the after affects of war. They give amazing support and guidance 24/7 for these people.
I want to get the word out there because I think our society would be so much healthier if they had a better understanding of our veterans. We need the rules, boundaries, and limitations in our lives because that is what breeds success. Without rules, boundaries, and limitations, you are like a ship without a captain or a light bulb with no electricity.
I recently introduced John, who is one of the HCC people, to Mike, who is a Master Parachutist who takes veterans on jumps. It is wonderful therapy and the guys love it. I proposed that we get some Chefs involved. We will do an MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) Cook-off event where the parachutists and the HCC people do a jump holding a mystery basket of food. When they land, they team with a Chef to do a cook-off with the rations that were in their basket. They love the idea! We are going to be putting that together as well. It is such an honor to be a part of this and I will do my best to help their cause.
Chef Idalee is an award winning Certified Executive Pastry Chef. Her passion is helping people achieve their goals by connecting with others who have the same vision. She is not in the confections business serving people. She is in the people business serving confections. Discover more about her award winning cole slaw sauce and other goodies at http://IdaleesOfTexas.com.