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.


August 12, 2021 – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Rachel Cantor with Sidekick

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Rachel Cantor is a 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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September 9, 2021 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – MK Fresas

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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


October 14, 2021 – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Madame Zuzu’s

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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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November 11, 2021 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Jimmy Thai

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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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December 14, 2021 – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Cake Craze

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It all started with a sweet tooth, a lightbulb, and some Jiffy cake mix….

For those of a certain age, you know exactly what Cathy is talking about! For those who have no idea, Google “baking with a light bulb.”

As Cathy Cunningham grew from a child baking in a toy oven to an adult utilizing a double convection, her sweet tooth remained, but it evolved. She became an avid label-reader with an aversion to preservatives, chemicals, and hydrogenated fats in my foods. With this anti-artificial-ingredient mindset serving as my guide, she committed herself to create desserts that contain none of these additives.

For the better part of a quarter-century, she has been perfecting the recipes she uses for her artisanal cakes and other desserts. Referred to as “The Cake Lady” by friends and family for always baking birthday, holiday, and other special event treats, for years she was encouraged to open a baking business. Then, after 20+ years of nudging, Cake Craze was launched!

Cake Craze’s commitment to every customer is simple: Every dessert ordered is made from scratch using pure, whole, quality ingredients. No Cake Craze product will ever simply look beautiful – though the aesthetic is extremely important. It will first and foremost taste AMAZING. No dessert leaves the Cake Craze kitchen unless and until it meets this exacting quality standard.

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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.