Free Cooking Demonstrations

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Offers Free Cooking Demonstrations Featuring Professional Chefs to Help Reach Victims of Domestic Violence

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic hosts a virtual cooking demonstration with professional chefs on the second Thursday of each month inviting anyone with questions about domestic violence to ask those questions to Clinic attorneys anonymously in the chat. The cooking demonstrations include a live chat, via RingCentral. Guests can ask questions anonymously and seek help. No domestic violence content is shown on the video. Guests can log on anonymously using an alias. No registration is required.

Join any of our cooking demonstrations with professional chefs through 2021. Details below.

December 9, 2021 – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Banana Bread Demo

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The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic invites anyone with questions about domestic violence to join a free banana bread cooking demonstration that provides an opportunity to ask questions to Clinic attorneys anonymously in the chat. The unique cooking demonstrations include a live chat, via RingCentral. No domestic violence content will be shown on the video. Guests can log on anonymously using an alias throughout the hour. No registration is required.

January 13, 2021 – 2:00 PM  – 3:00 PM – Casa De Isaac

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Brothers Isaac, Moishe, David and Israel hail from the town of Huitzuco, Guerrero de los Figueroa in Mexico. The Nava brothers moved to America at a very young age. Prior to the opening of the restaurant and the deli, the brothers worked for 20 years in the restaurant industry. This inspired them to chase the American dream by opening a restaurant and deli where they could prepare the dishes that their mother served them as children. La Casa De Isaac was established in 2010. Now it’s their pleasure to serve their family recipes and dishes to you. They seek to share the soulful food of their home and family as you continue to share your homes and families with them.

February 10, 2021 – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Judy's Pizza

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March 10, 2021 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  – Mark from Dream Cakes

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April 14, 2021 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Dani from Oh Lala! Cakes and Veronica from Dream Cakes (in Spanish)

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More About the Clinic's Cooking Demonstrations

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic is dedicated to reaching victims of domestic violence with information about how to obtain help and stay safe. In October 2020, the Clinic partnered with the Vernon Area Public Library to develop the website This website is a discreet way of getting critical information to victims. It is a disguise for individuals to learn about domestic violence and obtain resources for help without leaving an obvious digital trace. Building on the success of the website’s ability to reach domestic violence victims where they are, the Clinic hosted its first live cooking demonstration in December 2020.

For more information about the Clinic or our domestic violence resources email or call 847 737 4042.

We are so thankful to all previous participants! Please email if you would like to be a future guest.


Previous Guests:

November 2021- Jimmy Thai/Ramen Time

Jimmy Thai/Ramen Time offers fresh, authentic Thai food, made to order with casual dine-in and carry-out services at 405 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL. Chef Jimmy has made appearances at Chicago Gourmet in 2017, 2018, and 2019 with Chicago Tribune recognition honor in each of the first two years. Jimmy and his staff strive to be the best in serving quality Thai food and prompt, friendly service during busy weekday lunches or family-packed evenings for dinner.

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October 2021- Madame Zuzu's

Musician Billy Corgan, founder of the Grammy-award-winning band, The Smashing Pumpkins, and fashion designer Chloé Mendel established Madame Zuzu’s, a local plant-based teashop in Highland Park, IL, combining insanely delicious plant-based foods with teas of the world and good vibes. Chloé Mendel was raised in New York City by French and Taiwanese parents, Chloe grew up in the fashion by day and cooked with her family at night. She lives between New York and Chicago with her son, Augustus, her daughter, Clementine, and partner Billy Corgan. Growing up with an auto-immune disease, eating with her family, and not feeling left out was her goal by cooking the family meals herself. The importance of eating together has been vital to her family values so she made it a mission to make her 'special’ food taste delicious to everyone. Madame ZuZu’s is an extension of her conscious lifestyle. Eat great food without feeling like you are making a sacrifice.


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September 2021- MK Fresas

Delicious custom chocolate-covered strawberries that make a great treat for any event. MK Fresas was started by two college students four years ago. They have continued to pursue their passion for creating custom and one-of-a-kind treats for our all to enjoy.


Learn more at Instagram: @mkfresas Facebook: @mkfresas


August 2021- Rachel Cantor of Morning Brew

Rachel Cantor is a foodie and writer at Morning Brew. She writes Sidekick, a 2x a week newsletter curating recommendations around smarter living. Rachel is originally from North Shore suburbs (Glencoe) and currently lives in New York City.


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July 2021- Chef Nicole Putzel of Putzel Kitchen

Chef Nicole Putzel is a classically trained chef, cookbook author, recipe developer, and private cooking instructor in the North Shore of Chicago. In addition to leading private classes, she teaches cooking and nutritional skills to children and teens through a variety of after-school programs. As a trained chef, a teacher, and a mother, Nicole has seen how new foods and flavors can be exciting to kids and adults alike. Her goal is to bring that edible excitement to your table.

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June 2021- Elmer Martinez of Ravinia Brewing Company 

Chef Elmer makes Ravinia Brewing’s delicious tacos. One of the fastest-growing brands in the Chicagoland area, Ravinia Brewing Company has a cozy Taproom and Taco Bar located in the historic Ravinia Business District in Highland Park. The Taproom features amazing craft beer, live music, and an expansive beer garden. Ravinia Brewing will be opening its second location in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago in 2021.

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May 2021- Wendy Malkin of Sugarcraft LLC

Cookie artist, Wendy Malkin, of Barrington started decorating as a hobby, which then became a favor for friends’ parties and events. Soon enough, Wendy began getting calls from all over the area for her delicious and creative cookies. Soon after, Sugarcraft was born.

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April 2021- Anya Viner of Tigertail Bakery

Anya taught us how to make rainbow-themed challah! Each week she creates a unique challah, such as Cinnamon Roll, Pesto Swirl, S'moreEO, and the list goes on. She has taught hundreds of people to make challah at challah bakes and in private classes.

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