Although he passed away two years ago, the generous spirit of Tommy Leonard lives on in the lives he touched and the people he inspired.
Timothy M. O’Connell was so moved by Mr. Leonard’s goodwill that he named Tommy’s Place, a future vacation home for sick children, after him.
When Tommy’s Place opens later this year, children fighting cancer and their families will have the chance to visit Falmouth and relax in the spacious home, formerly the Elm Arch Inn, which will be remodeled and updated for maximum appeal to children.
In addition to relaxing, the visiting children and their families will need to eat, which means either going out or cooking in. “Tommy’s Place Cookbook” will cover both options with recipes from local restaurants meant to appeal to children, as well as the location information for those same eateries for adults in the group who might wish to dine out.
“Tommy’s Place Cookbook” is the brainchild of Esther Ann Price, who, with the backing of Mr. O’Connell, began her quest to organize the cookbook last year.
A copy of the finished book will be kept at Tommy’s Place for guests of the home, while other copies will be sold locally and online to benefit the nonprofit. Ms. Price also plans to take copies of the cookbook around to hospitals in Boston.
Feedback has been positive since Ms. Price came up with the idea last November. “The money that’s come in and the generosity people have shown, it’s brought tears to my eyes,” Ms. Price said.
In addition to recipes from local restaurants and financial support from local businesses, Ms. Price has secured Falmouth artist Karen Rinaldo to illustrate the cookbook; Falmouth Enterprise food columnist and educator Gail Blakely to edit the book; Eight Cousins Books to help with sales and promotions; and Kelly Souza of New Wave Printing to assist with design and printing. “We’ve got some good people on board for this project,” Ms. Price said.
To date Ms. Price has received recipes from North Falmouth Cheese Shop, Jacks Restaurant and Bar, East End Tap, Martha’s Cape Cod, Persy’s Place, and Bear ‘n Boots Burger Bar.
Businesses sponsoring the cookbook include Board Stiff, Bowen Real Estate of Cape Cod, Clover Landscape Falmouth Glass & Mirror Co., Inc., For Birds Only, Homespun Garden, Hannoush Jewelers, Intergas, Inc., Julio’s Upholstery, North Falmouth Cheese Shop, Osborn & Rugh Gallery, Sia Optical, Sherwin-Williams, Soft as a Grape, Tanorama DaySpa, Teaticket Market and Twigs of Falmouth.
Ms. Price is hopeful that other restaurants will want to be included in the cookbook and will offer recipes. The deadline to submit a recipe is Monday, February 15.
Additional information and recipe submission forms are available from Ms. Price via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 774-327-1515.
“We are hoping that by making this an inclusive and collaborative effort between the different businesses in town that we are, as Falmouth is known to be, welcoming and embracing of the children and families who will be coming to Tommy’s Place,” Ms. Price said.