April 12, 2010

Eat, Drink, and Donate!

One of the best things about living gluten freely in Chicago is attending Safe & Sound Dinner parties. Hosted by Lisa Williams, Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and founder of Lisa Cooks Allergen Free, these tri-monthly events are highly anticipated among the “allergenistas” in Chicago.

Lisa meets with the head chef of the swankiest restaurants in town and together they develop a menu free of the top 8 food allergens. What I love so much about this concept is that I can eat without worry. I don’t have to send the server back to the kitchen to find out if there is any gluten in any of the items in which I’m interested. Not only that, the restaurants are those I would mostly likely not consider on my own. I would only dream of dining at Carnivale, The Landmark, or BOKA. Since they are more upscale, I automatically think I’d be spending a million dollars. Not so with the Safe & Sound Dinners. Each dinner costs $50 and includes appetizers, main course, and dessert, not to mention a reusable gift bag overflowing with allergen free products. (Honestly, the gift bag alone is worth more than $50!)

The next Safe & Sound Dinner will be held Tuesday, May 4th at Perennial one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago and named one of the “Top 50 Best New Restaurants in America” by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The photos of the mouth-watering dishes and whimsical d├ęcor immediately made me think, “she’s outdone herself again!” but it seems I say that at every time the upcoming event is announced. Lisa just has a knack for finding the trendiest restaurants in Chicago and making sure everyone with food allergies can enjoy a superior dining experience safely.

Usually Lisa runs special promotions offering 10% off of the dinner ticket. To celebrate National Celiac Awareness Month, she is donating 10% of each ticket to an organization promoting awareness of celiac or food allergies. In fact, she is running the donation for each of the upcoming Safe & Sound dinners for 2010. Once your ticket order has been placed online, you will receive an email where you can respond with the organization where you’d like your $5 to sent.

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.

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