Originally posted in Sept 2011
As we were setting up for our demo on Saturday, Chef Patrick Sheerin and I looked at each other and laughed about the fact that we were the two chosen to do a Vegan grilling demo.
Patrick is the chef of the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the Hancock building, and while he will cater to guests who’d like a veg or vegan option- his menu is full of meat.
And while Tavernita will feature veggies from the Green City Market in many of it’s dishes- we are NOT a vegetarian restaurant.
But the two of us do try and eat healthy when we’re not at work- Patrick keeps vegan at breakfast and I enjoy mixing healthy meals into my abnormal chef’s diet.
So we set off to address the crowd (crowd is a stretch- at 12:30pm with rain- our demo wasn’t packed) and teach them that Vegan food can be full of flavor.
We traded off talking about our dishes and demoing how to make them, and I have to say- Patrick is a great demo wing man!
There were lots of laughs and afterwards people approached out Viking Range Demo set and asked questions- so it seemed some learning happened as well.
I want to thank Chicago Gourmet for allowing me to do a demo- it was a new twist on one of my favorite weekends.