Los Angeles, CA July 19, 2009 — On Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. I’m proud to announce a new cooking class for Multiple Food Allergies at the New School of Cooking in Culver City. Kishari Sing, the Food Allergy Queen, is food blogger and former caterer who discovered six years ago that her lifelong health issues were due to a long list of multiple food allergies including wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, rice, tomatoes, lemons, oranges, lettuce, walnuts and garlic among many others. She started her blog, www.FoodAllergyQueen.blogspot.com because when she explained that she had multiple food allergies to people, inevitably the next question would be “So, what in the world DO you eat?” Based on her experiences in adapting existing recipes as well as creating new ones, Kishari will be teaching a class at the highly-regarded New School of Cooking in Culver City to share her tips and techniques on how to cook for multiple food allergies. It’s a hands-on class where students do the cooking themselves …
According to The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), there are currently 12 million Americans suffering from food allergies. It has been reported that more and more children are being diagnosed with severe food allergies, and parents are also discovering that gluten- and dairy-free diets help ease symptoms of autism and ADD/ADHD. Additionally, Celiac’s disease, a potentially life-threatening disorder from a severe allergic reaction to gluten, is on the rise and the food industry has taken notice by providing more gluten-free products. It’s safe to assume that many adults, and especially parents, are constantly at a loss at how to keep themselves and their families allergy safe while still providing them good-tasting food.
As a lifelong foodie, Kishari was determined to avoid feeling deprived in managing her multiple food allergies, as well as create dishes adaptable to feed her non-allergic boyfriend as well. She discovered that most of the allergy cookbooks she encountered substituted one allergen with yet another allergen (i.e. rice for wheat), making them practically useless for her multiple food allergies. Kishari got creative and applied classic cooking techniques and incorporated ethnic and alternative ingredients to develop recipes and techniques for dishes to be delicious and yet flexible enough to accommodate all eight of the top US food allergens: wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish. The menu for this class will include: Breakfast Corn Muffins; Vietnamese Chicken Salad; Potato Gnocchi with Pesto; Turkey “Katsu” with Curry; Mushroom-Stuffed Crepes; Fake Pho; Green Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing; Pizza.
The class is $85, and those interested can sign up for the class by calling The New School of Cooking to register with a credit card by calling 310-842-9702. The schedule is available online at www.newschoolofcooking.com.
Cooking for food allergies is a challenge, and in the class resources and techniques in addition to recipes will be shared to make it a little easier to cook for food allergies, intolerances or medical diets.
About The New School of Cooking:
The New School of Cooking has classes to serve everyone, from beginners through advanced cooks. Experienced chef instructors and a state-of-the-art kitchen classroom, combined with individual attention and hands-on participation are a recipe for success. All the classes focus on proper technique and seasonal ingredients. Located one block south of Venice Boulevard at 8690 Washington Boulevard in Culver City, across from the historic Helms Bakery building. We are seconds away from the Robertson and La Cienega exits off the Santa Monica Freeway and have plenty of parking.
About The Food Allergy Queen
Kishari Sing is a former advertising executive who currently manages the ecommerce Website for a gourmet food and restaurant supply store in Culver City. Her blog, the Food Allergy Queen, details her experiences managing and cooking for multiple food allergies. She lives in Venice Beach, California. Her blog can be found at www.foodallergyqueen.blogspot.com.