Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting up with Chicago's MetroCeliacs to learn how to cook some tasty brunch dishes. About 25 of us gathered in the kitchen/classroom of Whole Foods at Halsted and Waveland. We salivated as we watched Vicki Gainsburg, RD, LDN work her magic to create amazing cinnamon rolls, granola, vegetable frittata, and buckwheat crepes.
Sipping on mimosas, we watched her cook and bake while she answered questions some of us had. We were able to sample the finish product of each dish made. Needless to say, those were quickly gobbled up! Everything was sooo delicious! The cinnamon rolls were definitely my favorite and since we were given the recipes, I will be making those soon!
What I really enjoyed about this event was the great networking connections. When we first started, we all went around the room to introduce ourselves and share our favorite brunch location or favorite restaurant. Rumors I'd heard about gluten free breads at certain restaurants (Mity Nice Grill and Fogo de Chao) were confirmed true! I also found out new restaurants to check out (Four Season's Hotel's brunch) and products to try such as O'Dough's bread.
I had learned of the MetroCeliacs back in April when I met one of the co-founders, Jen Price, at the THRIVE Expo. She gave me her info, but it somehow got lost in all my brochures and pamphlets I received that day. Luckily I saw the brunch cooking class listed on the Whole Foods events page and was able to get back in touch. I'm so glad I did, because this event was great and I look forward to the upcoming things they have in the works!
If you're in the Chicagoland area, please join the group! Check out their blog, facebook page, and event calendar. They can be reached at MetroCeliacs@yahoo.com