Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents Yvonne Maffei of MyHalalKitchen.com.
Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting for Muslims around the globe. Contrary to popular belief, there is so much wonderful food to enjoy between sunset and sunrise. As varied as the Muslims are themselves, so is their food. With cuisine spanning from Asia to the Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas, this program will demonstrate a variety of dishes that provide a sampling of the sweet, the savory, and everything in between, as well as how the ritual of fasting and eating is performed throughout the month. Come to learn more about the traditional and modern food rituals of this very tasty month and enjoy some samples of halal food, too.
Yvonne Maffei graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a Master’s degree in International Studies, specializing in international education, journalism, and health. She has lived and traveled abroad throughout Latin America, Europe, the southern Mediterranean, and North Africa in addition to the American foodie cities of San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Yvonne has been cooking and writing since she was a preteen and always wanted to turn her passion and hobby into something more. When one of her recipes was published in Cooking Light magazine, it was all the inspiration she needed to make a necessary life and career change. After years of being a school teacher, she decided to re-angle her teaching platform from the classroom to a blog where she began writing about halal food and cooking and thus began a new career writing about food, travel, and healthy halal living. Today Yvonne writes and publishes MyHalalKitchen.com, a blog about halal food and cooking. She teaches cooking classes, gives lectures on healthy eating, and consults schools on how to source healthy halal ingredients and create tasty recipes for their school lunches. She lives in Chicago, IL.