Meitus, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
had a great sense of humor with what she did; she made it
lived up to her expectations. "She was wonderful, she was
gracious, she was funny," Linny says.
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."
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.' "
the standard kitchen appliances you'd expect to find in a
retirement home, Child has a high-end Gaggenau stove.
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.' "