San Marino's favorite bistro, , held a reception for the anticipated release of their third printing of Celebrating with Julienne on Tuesday April 19.
The original printing sold 8000 copies in one year almost solely through local shops and won the Southern California Independent Bookseller Award for nonfiction book of the year in 2009. The book sold out and was in such high demand that some people paid hundreds of dollars for it through eBay. The new printing contains the same recipes as the previous printings but will benefit a cause near and dear to those involved with the book.
Susan Campoy, Julienne founder and author, died in 2009 after a brave struggle with breast cancer and royalties from the book will go to the Susan Campoy Continuing Education Scholarship for Oncology Nurses at City of Hope.
Susan's daughter and business partner Julie Campoy is currently undergoing chemotherapy at City of Hope for breast cancer and continues to run Julienne. Colleen Dunn Bates, whose company Prospect Park published this most recent re-printing, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009.
Bates and Campoy were on hand to sign books while attendees could have complimentary hors d' ouevres and wine.
"I've never seen a business that has such passionate and loyal fans," said Bates of Julienne.
Catherine Schultz, a recent Julienne regular and chair for in the San Gabriel Valley, was also there to encourage people to sign up for the 5k walk for breast cancer at Lacy Park, May 1. For more info on this event check out http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/sangabriel.
"She's a very open loving woman," said Schultz of Campoy. "She impresses me and she inspires me. I watch her greet the patrons after she's just had chemo for several days prior. She welcomes everybody and cares about them and wants them to enjoy their time here."
The cookbook is available for $40 at independent local vendors like Julienne, , City of Hope, Huntington Hospital, and the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa. It can also be ordered online at Prospect Park's Web site. Just in time for Mother's Day!