Trotter’s wife hopes to build library in his honor

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The widow of celebrity chef Charlie Trotter would like to keep his memory alive.

Rochelle Smith Trotter is hoping to build a library and cooking school in his name.  Smith Trotter is the director and treasurer of the Charlie Trotter Culinary Foundation.  She said the center would focus on Trotter’s philosophy of cuisine, service, wine and life.

The foundation’s latest tax forms show it had revenue of $135,000 and expenses of about $500,000 in 2012, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Tonight, there’s a fund raiser for the foundation in New York held by Trotter’s friend, Chef David Bouley.

Trotter died of a stroke due to high blood pressure.

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