826CHI is a great organization. It is a non-profit creative writing, tutoring, and publishing center dedicated to displaying the voices of Chicago youth. I had the chance to take a food critic class and loved it … I learned a lot! I made some great friends there too. Once the classes were over they asked me to be a part of their big fundraiser.
I called my friend, Abe Conlon of Fat Rice, to work with me. I wanted to make gumbo with lots of fresh flavors. Abe helped me to “evanate” it by giving it a Vietnamese twist. He taught me to make sausage which we combined with Chinese okra, pickled cucumbers and a blend of special Asian spices that helped take it to the next level. It was a big hit! The highlight for me was when Rick Bayless tried and loved my gumbo!
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