OK, we all heard Next Food Network Star finalist Lisa Garza wax poetic about wanting to be a role model for young girls. Many people thought she was just floating a bunch of warm-and-fuzzy babble on national TV. However, I just received an e-mail from a mother whose 8-year old daughter, Maggie, a burgeoning foodie, was captivated by Lisa. The family lives in Round Rock, and made plans to drive to Dallas, eat at Suze, and meet Lisa. Here’s Mom’s report:
After weeks and weeks of waiting and days selecting what to wear, we made arrangements to stay overnight in Dallas. Then…a phone call…Lisa will not be able to meet her at Suze after all!! She became tangled up with another obligation. There were tears, but we were already in Dallas and Maggie wanted to go eat there anyway. We walked into Suze and were greeted with “Are you Maggie? Lisa is so very sorry she can’t be here. She sent these flowers for you though!” Beautiful flowers too! Maggie was in awe of being in the elegant little bistro and took her seat.
The food arrived and we were all happily eating when suddenly Maggie turned chalk white,dropped her fork and squealed. There was Lisa!!!! She’d ducked out of her catering commitment to run by to make sure she didn’t let Maggie down!! There was Lisa in brown and cream looking every bit the movie star in her hostess apron. She took Maggie outside and talked with her and posed for pictures and even pulled her husband out of the kitchen so Maggie could tell him she “will never order pasta again if there is lamb on the menu.” Lisa had to get back to her work so she hugged Maggie and tied her apron around her little waist and thanked her for being such a great fan. It is we who thank Lisa for her gracious, unselfish spirit that makes this world a more beautiful place. Thank you.
Goose bumps. Who has ‘em?