Francois Goedhuys grew up on a small Belgian farm. As a young man, he attended pastry school in Antwerp for 5 years and worked as a baker in Brussels and Switzerland.
In 1968, he moved to the United States to work at the Belgium Pavilion at the San Antonio World's Fair. From there, he moved to Houston, TX where he owned both a restaurant and a bakery.
In 1987, luck brought him to San Diego where he and Diana began "feeding" La Jollans everyday at Girard Gourmet.
Over the years, Girard Gourmet has developed in new directions reflecting Francois and Diana's commitment to healthy honest food and satisfied customers. They have added designer cookies (www.funcookies.com) and organic produce from their farm in Julian where they recycle all the Girard Gourmet kitchen scraps.
Francois and Diana are committed to the community of La Jolla. With their staff, they will continue to welcome individuals, families and organizations of this unique village. Girard Gourmet will continue to be a home away from home for thousands of tourists who visit La Jolla every year.
Dear Diana and the entire Girard Gourmet Staff and Crew,
Words simply cannot express my gratitude for such an amazing evening. Every single one of you helped turn my daughter’s wedding this past Saturday night into an evening that I will remember for the rest of my life. Aside from all the emotion that goes into a child’s wedding – the food and the staff was just beyond my wildest expectations of excellence. Everyone commented on how smoothly the evening unfolded and how fabulous the food was.
From the appetizers to servers to salad and entrée – not a beat was missed. Even the band told me afterwards that it was the best and they have seen it all!
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you one and all. I know how much of an effort this was and it’s the team work that makes it
happen. A special thank you to Linus – my new hero! What an amazing job you did.
Diana – you have much to be proud of with this crew. With the utmost of gratitude – I thank you all for helping to turn Becky’s evening into nothing short of magical.
All my best,