Gretsch Day at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Jul 25, 2016 8:54 AM - In honor of Fred W. Gretsch III receiving an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst College, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Westmont declared Saturday, July 23 Gretsch Day. The college awarded Alumni Gretsch with the honor because the family, now led by Fred, has been manufacturing extraordinary musical instruments since 1883. Chick Web, Louis Bellson, and Jimmy Cobb, when he performed on Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" album played Gretsch drums. Some other well-known Gretsch guitarists include Jimmy Webster, Chet Atkins, George Harrison of the Beatles, Brian Setser, and Bo Diddly. Pappadeaux General Manager Tim Grodek felt that dedicating a day to Gretsch was the perfect way to recognize a company and a man that shares the seafood kitchen's heritage of family-led entrepreneurs providing the community with quality products. Professor of Business Administration Lawrence B. Carroll, Psy.D., MBA, the Executive Director of the College for Professional Excellence, agreed. ""Fred Gretsch believes in giving back to the music and art community. He is an outstanding businessman that 'pays it forward' by sponsoring the Elmhurst College Jazz Fest."