2018 Chefs Up Front Honorees
Known as “The Gabby Gourmet” on Denver radio and television, Pat Miller has been an on-air personality for 40 years. She currently hosts her own restaurant show on Denver’s Talk Station KHOW AM630, airing every Saturday afternoon. Pat is a consultant to selected segments of the hospitality industry, including the fine dining area of A Taste of Colorado and writes for Colorado Expressions’ Mangia. For over 30 years, she has written and published the Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide yearly with reviews of over 500 restaurants in the Denver area and beyond. With the support and assistance of the area foodservice industry, Pat has been active in instituting a number of ongoing fundraising benefits to support the local Meals on Wheels program. She is a former member of the national governing board of Share Our Strength and co-chairman and organizer of Denver’s Chefs Up Front (formerly known as Taste the Nation).
Pat now heads Give Paws, a benefit for Denver Dumb Friends League. In its 12th year, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised. Food For Thought is also near to her heart. This fabulous organization feeds 14 elementary schools each week with food for the children and their families for the weekend. Pat holds several honors from organizations including: Volunteers of America, Colorado Restaurant Association Hall of Fame, a Doctorate Degree from Johnson & Wales University, The Dumb Friends League, and others.
Gail Plemmons served as Share Our Strength and Operation Frontline-Colorado’s Program Director over four years. In those years, she co-founded Share Our Strength’s signature fundraiser, Chefs Up Front, and alongside the Frontline staff worked in collaboration with nutrition professionals and local chefs to offer low-income families and individuals the skills needed to provide healthy, low-cost nutritious meals. She has been a committee chair for the Share Our Strength “Taste of the Nation” event since ‘95, raising funds for the Food Bank of the Rockies, Volunteers of America, the Women’s Bean Project and Operation Frontline. Gail continued her commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in Colorado with the Colorado Anti-Hunger Network (now Hunger Free Colorado), serving as the ‘07 President of CAN and working with statewide non-profit agencies, government organizations and local businesses to advocate for hunger awareness through legislation and organized collaborative efforts.
Gail spent 30 years in the wine industry and retired as a Market Specialist and Sales Manager with the Mendocino Wine Company for Colorado, Utah, Missouri and Wyoming. She provided wine trainings and worked with so many of Colorado’s great restaurants. She shared the winery’s passion for environmental and sustainable farming practices when working with her distributor and broker networks.