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 (the Clinic) will host 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 will include a live chat, via RingCentral. Guests can ask questions anonymously and seek help. No domestic violence content will be shown on the video. Guests can log on anonymously using an alias. No registration is required.

The Next Cooking Demonstration is:

July 8, 10-11 AM –  Putzel Kitchen (

Cook with Chef Nicole Putzel, who is a classically trained chef, cookbook author, recipe developer and private cooking instructor in the North Shore of Chicago. After receiving an honors degree from the Culinary Arts School of the Illinois Institute of Art, she dedicated herself to inspiring others to prepare and enjoy delicious, healthy meals. Since 2009, Nicole has been a cooking instructor for aspiring chefs of all ages. In addition to leading private classes, she teaches cooking and nutritional skills to children and teens through a variety of after-school programs.  She has dedicated her time and talents to work with Chicago-area schools implementing healthy, organic school-lunch programs.  Working with adults with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Differences) through social inclusion programs in the kitchen is one of her passions as a chef. Most importantly, Nicole is a wife and a mother who understands the value of eating and preparing healthy, well-balanced meals in her own kitchen. She considers a dinner table filled with fresh, flavorful dishes surrounded by her family and friends the best part of her day. 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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And thank you to  Anya Viner/Tigertail Bakery (, Wendy Malkin/Sugarcraft LLC (, and Elmer Martinez/Ravinia Brewing ( for baking with us in the spring. They were all great successes!

“We are one step closer to saving a life every time that we reach a victim of domestic violence,” stated Director of Domestic Violence Rebecca Weininger. “More often than not, domestic violence victims feel isolated, scared, and do not know how to access trusted information or obtain help. Building on the success of the Banana Bread Help website, and Banana Bread Cooking Demonstrations, adding professional chefs to the demonstrations builds interest as we provide accessible and safe resources, they need so that they may go on to live independent, productive, and secure lives.”

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.

“Nationally there was an uptick of 25% in calls about domestic violence cases. What we’ve experienced at the Clinic is actually an uptick of 44%,” stated Executive Director Susan Shulman. “The most important thing we can do right now is let victims and allies know about the trusted resources that are available.”

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

*Source: The National Domestic Abuse Helpline