Hotel pastry chef whips up something special for family in crisis


by Cathy Marshall, KGW

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 29 at 9:38 PM

PORTLAND, Oregon -- It’s a recipe with a taste that will linger long after the holidays.

More than 200 specially decorated sugar cookies have been sold to benefit Steve Sill, a popular waiter at the Heathman Restaurant.

Sill lost his wife just before Thanksgiving, three months after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“She was an angel,” said Sill recalling his 33 years of marriage to Colleen.

Sill’s co workers admire the way he has carried on with life, working hard to raise their 10-year-old daughter who was adopted from Russia 6 years ago.

Assistant Pastry Chef Audra Thomas came up with the plan to raise money for the family, “We wanted to do something that would just take a little pressure off.”

She organized co workers to bake and decorate the dozens of sugar cookies.

“At first I was embarrassed. It was kind of an amazing outpouring of friendship from my coworkers,” said a grateful Sill.

The $5 bags of cookies are sold at the front desk of the Heathman Restaurant.

More than a $1,000 has been raised for the Sill family.