When the Chicago Splash Magazine editors and journalists gathered for our Spring-Summer event, it was truly eventful.
Downstairs, there was some intense wine tasting going on with serious discussions of fruity undertones, weight, placement on the tongue, food pairings and other esoteric attributes of fine wine.
Upstairs, we met two young Chicago Splash Magazine interns from France.
Then we had the first ever reading of a Splash journalist's play (mine!).
Then High Tea, with our own tasting of food, glorious food. One guest compared the afternoon to an "upper west side New York happening." I think they're right. Our hostess and editor, Barbara Keer, outdid herself this time. And so did our caterer. The Balanced Kitchen laid before us a such a lavish palette of delicious, healthy treats our delighted palates didnâ€™t even notice it was good-for-you food.
Our choices included ROASTED BEETS with orange- marinated shitakes and chives.
SQUASH with caramelized onion, potato and radish sprouts.
TEA SANDWICHES with soy cream cheese (lactose-free!) watercress and broccoli-pistachio mash.
STRAWBERRY TART filled with a lovely, light lemon custard in a delicate nest of flaky â€śto-die-forâ€ť pastry
Incredible, scrumptious CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, an unheard of treat for those of us who must be gluten-free, were outstanding by any standards.
All the ingredients for these delectables were locally grown on organic farms. The color, texture, â€śmouth,â€ť scent, crunch-- all proclaimed that this quality food was absolutely fresh, and freshly prepared. And each delicious creation was also vegan and Gluten-free.
Created by Chef Betty Alper, a Culinary Institute of America-trained baker, The Balanced Kitchen offers an amazing array of delicious of foods to please every taste. The Balanced Kitchen proves that the most delicious foods are those that come from the earth and have been kept as whole as possible. Ms. Alper's special artisan creations make good nutrition beautiful and delicious.
In addition to catering, The Balanced Kitchen serves up its creations in the:
The Balance Box, a new approach to sustainable, healthy eating, brings restaurant-quality meals delivered to your door or ready for pick-up each week.
To order: Email: [email protected], call 312-296-8910 or fax 312-649-0787. Place your order by Tuesday at noon for delivery or pick-up on Friday before 5pm.Minimum order $60
The Balanced Kitchen brands currently working their way into the marketplace:
The Bot Bakery creates a tempting variety of cakes, desserts, breads and other baked goods that appeal to kids and dessert-driven adults alike. Available at The Balanced Kitchen and select local stores and cafĂ©s (list coming soon).
Coming soon: Vegan by Nature, a collection of mouthwatering baked tofu and tempeh products that redefine the main course for todayâ€™s healthier lifestyles.
Available soon at natural foods stores and co-ops.
GoldBot is a line of super premium organic chocolates and other goodies for the discriminating chocolate-lover.
Catering and Events : The Balanced Kitchen, 1103 West Grand., Chicago IL 60642 Tel: 312-296-8910, Fax: 312-649-0787 or http://www.gfreev.com/aboutus.html.
Photos: Cheri McGuire and Leon Keer