Chef Lauren, one of the city's most noted kosher chefs, is the author of Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes: 120 Holiday and Everyday Dishes Made Easy (John Wiley and Sons) She is the executive chef of Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in the Spertus Museum. She was the founder and was formerly the co-owner of Shallots, which was recognized as one of the top restaurants in Chicago and one of the best kosher restaurants in the United States. After working in hotel and restaurant kitchens, Frankel had a family and began maintaining a kosher home kitchen. Unable to find a restaurant venue for quality kosher cooking, she opened Shallots in 1999, a restaurant offering kosher fine dining with a produce-driven menu. She has taught cooking classes in Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, and in multiple places in California and New Jersey. Her website is www.lauraskosherkitchen.com. Her first book was Jewish Cooking For All Seasons.
December 8, 2009 --Jewish families across Chicago will be celebrating Hanukkah starting at sundown this Friday. Many will be sharing meals featuring traditional dishes from recipes handed down from Grandma, Mom or a favorite aunt. Chef Lauren Frankel, Executive Chef for Spertus Kosher Catering, shares the recipes for several of her holiday favorites: Arrancini di Farro, Braised Short Ribs, and Latkes with Cranberry-Apple Sauce, and Sufganiyot, a sweet treat.