Linny with her
dancing cookie (Terry) at the 2007 Mitzvah Mania Trade Show
April 19th, 2005
Linny had the extreme pleasure of meeting with Wolfgang Puck at
the opening of his new restaurant in Cherry Creek, Denver, Colorado.
She found him to be charming and warm. His love of people and food
is contagious. He enjoyed receiving Linny’s Cookies.
was a banner year for Linny. She was honored by carrying the Olympic
Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics. She was also able to realize
another life-long dream of meeting Julia Child. After sampling Linny's
cookies, Julia smiled and said, "They're perfect, absolutely
Food Editor, Rocky Mountain News
July 31, 2002
It's not often that a person gets to fulfill not one dream but two,
all in a year.
friend Linny Pretekin always wanted to carry the Olympic torch,
and she was selected. And she always wanted to meet Julia Child,
and she did in February.
who bakes and sells chocolate chip cookies, has a sister in California
who knew somebody who was able to set up tea for Linny, her sister
and Child at her retirement community.
the obvious connection to cooking, she wanted to meet Child "because
she was innovative, revolutionary and she's a woman who made inroads
into a market held predominantly by men," she says.
changed the look of how we cook today. She really brought gourmet
cooking and French cooking to the American public, to people who
wouldn't have had these opportunities.
she had a great sense of humor with what she did; she made it fun."
visit lived up to her expectations. "She was wonderful, she
was gracious, she was funny," Linny says.
thought that it would be more like we would sit there and ask her
questions, but she asked about our life. She asked about my cookie
business, if we had kids, about the Olympics. It was just like having
tea with a friend."
one point, Linny went into Child's kitchen to look for a plate.
"I'm opening cabinets and I realize, 'Omigosh, I'm looking
in Julia Child's kitchen cabinets.' "
of the standard kitchen appliances you'd expect to find in a retirement
home, Child has a high-end Gaggenau stove.
both your dreams have come true, it's time to rethink what comes
next. But for now, Linny is too busy enjoying the moment, which
includes cherishing the following: "She signed all my Julia
Child cookbooks, 'To Linny, bon appetit.' "