Yesterday's word that Rick Tramonto is leaving Tru (and likely Chicago) trumped some other big Chicago chef-related news: a contingent that includes Gale Gand, Perennial's Ryan Poli, Della Gossett of Charlie Trotter's and Paul Kahan and Koren Grieveson of Blackbird/Avec is at the White House now to kick off First Lady Michelle Obama's Chefs Move Into Schools campaign.
The program, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the help of Share Our Strength, will pair chefs nationwide with schools in their area to help educate kids about healthy food. More than 1,000 chefs already are locked in. Gand, talking yesterday by cell phone on the Metro, said she's signed up with Deerfield High School, where her son, Gio, will be a freshman in the fall. "The lunch lady and I will be close friends," she said.
And for the voyeuristic among us, check out Kahan's Twitter feed for a few good photos from this morning's breakfast.