I’ve been friends with Lisa Williams for about 7 years. When I was working at The Cradle, she owned the print shop that I used for the organization’s printing. Occasionally, Lisa & I would go road tripping to a press check or out to lunch – or both! I’ve always had a great time hanging out with Lisa – she’s the friend that makes everyone feel welcome, even if it’s the first time you’ve met, and she asks really good questions. I love good questions. Lisa later left her print shop and I left The Cradle, and we lost touch until Facebook brought us together again last year.
As we reconnected, I learned that Lisa was now gluten-free too! And, she went to culinary school (where she was forced to eat wheat – eeeek!) and now consults as a private chef/teacher to help families cope with food allergies and show them that good food is not only possible, but it can be easy, too. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of her work. She’s also out in the community at tons of celiac events and doing cooking demos. When she’s not doing all of that, she hosts bi-monthly dinners for “allergenistas” at some of the BEST restaurants in Chicago. You should come.
Lisa works with the chefs of top-notch Chicago restaurants to develop menus for us that are allergen-free AND delicious. She ensures that the chefs know how to clean their kitchens properly to cook for us, and the meal is always superb. Like many folks with celiac, I rarely eat out, and when I do, it’s always with fear that a careless cook will make me ill. Mostly, it’s not worth the risk. But going out with Lisa to one of the Safe & Sound Dinners – well, it’s a dinner party I always look forward to. And trust me, the conversation around the table is as good as the food. Meet me at Perennial on May 4, and you’ll see.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
1800 North Lincoln Avenue
$50 per person
First Course:Chicken lollipops, sherry vinaigrette, carrot and cabbage slaw, orange glaze
Second Course: Green asparagus salad, marinated wild mushrooms, frisse
Third Course: Grilled pork belly, cauliflower, roasted potatoes and Grilled chicken, spring peas, roasted carrots
Dessert: Swirlz cupcakes – Flavor to Be Announced
Not only has a great menu planned, get ready to carry home a gift bag packed with allergen swag from gluten-free favorites like:
– Bob’s Red Mill
– Mixes from the Heartland
– Whole Foods Market
– Pamela’s Mixes
– Peanut Free Planet
– Risotto Chips from New York Style
For more information on Lisa Williams, Safe & Sound Dinners, or to register for the May 4th Dinner at Perennial, please visit Lisa Cooks Allergen Free. See you May 4!