Great story? Let your instincts guide you.

Go with your  instincts — that’s the simplest rule I followed as a reporter looking for a story for WXRT newscasts  and now as a PR/marketing professional working on behalf of clients.  My instincts never seem to fail me. Here’s proof — this past week.

My client, Ambrosia Euro American Patisserie is having a fundraiser this Saturday, May 21st at their cafe in Barrington. Deborah and Richard Rivera are hosting Sweet Relief for Chef Rob Macey, a respected restaurant owner and food service pro who is burdened by medical bills following a very risky brain surgery this year.

The Riveras and Macey are rock stars among foodies here in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and downtown as well–they have a huge following of foodies and industry professionals. So when Debby and several of Rob Macey’s friends decided on a fundraiser, the entire restaurant community responded with generosity, as did their many customers. The donations for help and silent auction items have been pouring in from Ambrosia customers as well as the vendors who serve some of the Chicago area’s finest restaurants. Rob Macey himself has been so humbled by the outpouring that he is insisting on preparing some of the buffet dishes himself in Ambrosia’s kitchen. Two local musicians will be performing in the bakery/cafe.  I had a strong hunch this would attract many local journalists. Why?

It’s a great story about

  • great people and their passion to help others.
  • how food drives passion and devotion to  excellence
  • loyalty and friendship, sacrifice and taking care of each other.

I told Debby that this is more than your typical, run-of-the-mill fundraiser and suggested that we reach out to local media to help us spread the word. Every reporter I contacted wanted interviews with Rob and Debby. See the coverage, which all occurred this past week.

Fundraiser aims to help local chef recover, Daily Herald, Sunday, May 15, 2011

Friends cook up fundraiser to help chef, Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Friends Rally to help Ailing Chef, Zurich,  Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Of all the great quotes that came out of these stories, this is the one I love the most:

What the heck did I do in my life to have so many friends and people to offer to help?

Hope to see you at Ambrosia this Saturday night!


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