Chiquita’s Friends mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary and veterinarian care, and adopt out to suitable homes, senior, special needs, and neglected canines through our own hands on efforts as well as offering financial support to other tax-exempt organizations with similar goals.
Renowned chef, author, restaurateur and philanthropist, Geraldine Gilliland, arrived in Los Angeles from Northern Ireland in 1975, beginning her extraordinary career in the culinary industry. With multiple degrees in Classical French Cuisine and Home Economics, Geraldine has studied and worked with distinguished chefs from around the world. Her culinary expertise encompasses an international diversity including Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, French and, of course, Contemporary California and Irish. Geraldine has been featured in the L.A. Times, Fine Cooking Magazine, and Bon Appetit named her “…one of the top six chefs in the United States”. In 1995, Geraldine and her late husband, Theodore Lonsway, built their dream home, Rancho Chiquita, nestled high in the Malibu Mountains. Rancho Chiquita overlooks a spectacular panoramic ocean view and 250 acres of rolling hills, and is host to many Charity Fundraising Events, Weddings, Private Cooking Classes, and Film and Movie Shoots. An avid advocate on behalf of the protection and rehabilitation of animals, Geraldine shares her home with a multitude of Rescue Dogs. She serves on the Advisory Board of several nonprofit organizations and has received numerous awards for her philanthropic and volunteer endeavors.