Lunch with a longtime (notice I didn’t say old) friend Kathy Patinkin led to conversation about “the kids.” 

The conversation started about her son Dan, whose recent book was a featured review in the Chicago Tribune, entitled “The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter.” 

It’s the second book for the Los Angeles-based screenwriter and producer and has been receiving good reviews. Though Riverside raised, Dan Patinkin remained in Los Angeles after receiving Master of Fine Arts from USC.

Since we were lunching, the subject moved to the East Coast were Patinkin’s daughter Erin is the CEO of Ovenly’s in Brooklyn and several other restaurants. Ovenly’s features cookies, scones and pastries. Seeing a picture from the shop, I was ready to put in an order.

The expansion of her business and the publication of a co-authored cookbook has opened other avenues for Erin, as she cooperates with an organization to employ those who have been formerly incarcerated to reestablish their lives. 

She also has written numerous articles on how to combat sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, and believes that her position as a CEO makes it possible to help effect change. 

Kathy Patinkin stated this was a subject of importance for her daughter and I am always glad to hear of someone using their position to do good things.

Person of the Year Dinner details: The date for the Person of the Year Dinner honoring Frank Gangware has been set for Sept. 27, 2018 at the Riverside Golf Club. 

Tickets will be $45 and will be available in a week or two at the Riverside Bank, Aunt Diana’s and the Riverside Library. 

Reservations accepted until Sept. 2. No tickets will be available at the door. For further information call 708-447-5219.