Gail Hall was idolized by the Edmonton food, theatre and educational communities. Her passing on Nov 16, 2016 was deeply felt by her many friends, students, tour participants, and people who knew her through her television and radio appearances. To preserve her legacy and to extend her work with young chefs, a memorial fund has been established in the Edmonton Community Foundation.
In 2017, the Change Adventure Camp operated by the Department of Family Medicine at the UofA will be the recipient of a donation from the ChefGail Fund. In later years a small committee will determine how best to direct the proceeds of the fund.
If you wish to support Gail's legacy by making a contribution to the fund you can send a cheque to the Edmonton Community Foundation and mark ChefGail Fund on the notes line. Or you can donate on-line or with a credit card at canadahelps.org. For credit card donations by phone, call 780-426-0015 for assistance.
A tax receipt will be issued by the Edmonton Community Foundation for all donations of $20 or more.
Gail (65) passed away peacefully from complications in her lungs resulting from breast cancer. The staff and doctors at the Cross Cancer Institute cared for her gently to the very end.
A Red Seal chef, Gail Hall was an award-winning caterer, broadcaster, food writer, educator, cooking school owner and international culinary tour guide. She operated Gourmet Goodies for 18 years, taught at Seasoned Solutions Loft Cooking School for 10 years, led culinary tours to 35 destinations over a 20-year span and influenced how Edmonton thinks about local food. Her husband of 34 years, Jon, and older brother Allan survive Gail. Her brother Jerry, and parents Sol and Frances predeceased her.
A funeral to honour Gail’s life and legacy was held on Sunday, November 27 at 1 pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037-84 Ave. Edmonton. A celebratory pot-luck dinner was held in January. Gail is now at peace enjoying a party that she does not have to cater or clean-up.
Gail is well-remembered, and wonderfully celebrated by a community who loves her.
Read what the media said about Gail's storied career:
Memorial Service for Gail Hall on Sunday Nov. 27 (Edmonton Journal)
Pioneering Edmonton Gail Hall Dies From Breast Cancer (Edmonton Journal)
Remembering Gail Hall: A Champion of Local, A Chef Who Fed Souls (Edmonton Journal)
Local Chef Passes Away (CTV)
Global News at 5pm: Nov 16 (Global News)
Chef Gail Hall Passes Away (CTV)
Popular Edmonton Chef and Culinary Entrepreneur Dies of Cancer (CBC)