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Local Memorial for Chef Michael Hartzer Set for May 6

Family and friends will gather at Breadsoda to honor his legacy

Late chef Michael Hartzer.
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The D.C. hospitality community plans to pay tribute to late chef Michael Hartzer on Sunday, May 6, with a public “celebration” at Breadsoda.

According to an obituary published in the South Bend Tribune, Hartzer died April 7, 2018 at his home in Arlington, Virginia. The Northern Virginia native was 42.

An alum of various local kitchens including critically acclaimed French restaurant Citronelle, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, and Teddy & the Bully Bar, Hartzer had most recently served as executive chef at newly opened neighborhood restaurant Grady’s.

Per a message posted on social media by his ex-wife, Justyne Fischer, the local memorial for Hartzer is scheduled to take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Glover Park eatery (2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW). Supporters are encouraged to make a contribution to the Michael Hartzer Memorial Fund; donations are projected to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).

A memorial mass is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Church in South Bend, Indiana.

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