There is an ancient proverb that reads, “The Belly Fuels the Mind.” We fully believe that at Drizzle. Filling your body with clean and nutrient dense foods not only helps us feel better, but it helps us rest better, work better and operate with our minds and bodies full of life and energy. And while it is a common phrase that we’ve all used, if you think about it you really are what you eat! Eating certain ways provides your body with more or less energy. Helps you sleep better or prevents it. Motivates you to be active or sedentary.
We love finding little ways to help better our clients lives through macro and micronutrients as well as through the benefits of certain foods, supplemental powders, herbs and spies that aren’t just limited to the information on a food label.
Chef Kendra’s background is in nutrition and food science. This has helped shape the business and its response to clients who need to remove some of their everyday foods due to a new diagnosis. Our thinking is for every thing you have to remove we will show you something to replace it with. A healthy and happy food life is about balance and enjoyment as much as it is nutrition and safety of the food. We label our recipes as allergy adaptable so they can be adaptable to whatever you need. It’s a more user friendly way of cooking that allows us to shift recipes. You will find all the recipes on the blog are allergy adaptable so you can adjust them as you need with our ingredient substitutions to be free of any of the most common top-8 food allergens. Imagine that, recipes customized to you! That’s our way of helping you have joy while eating or cooking. So we can all experience the beauty of food.
Our food relationship with our clients is meant to help them be their healthiest and best version of themselves through foods that are of the highest quality, beautiful, delicious and safe to eat. Our goal is to help mealtime be seamless, with selections custom crafted for each client to ensure the experience is like having a chef in your home every night.
Chef Kendra has always had a love affair with food. From a young age she was always by her mother’s side in the kitchen, whisking and tasting. In highschool her passion for food grew while she poured through cookbooks, took cooking classes and invited friends over for homemade pasta after school. She attended college at Miami of Ohio and cooked plenty of homemade dishes for roommates while receiving her degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Post college she worked for Williams-Sonoma helping open stores and curate culinary programs for stores in the Midwest. In addition to working for Williams-Sonoma, Kendra catered parties on the side, and during one of these parties was approached by what would become her first private chef client. After that day word of mouth spread and eventually Kendra gathered a loyal group of clients that allowed her to fully focus on Drizzle Kitchen.
Kendra’s passion for working with families that manage food allergies began after she was approached by a family with an autistic son. Dinner time was a struggle, family relations were strained and food became a chore rather than a time to bring everyone together around the table. 6 months later, with fun recipes under their belt and an appreciation for meals everyone in the family can enjoy Kendra realized food can heal. Not just your body but relationships. And after that day Kendra sought out clients that needed help rebuilding their life to be the most fulfilling and nutritious, whether it be a new food allergy diagnosis, a health crisis or just lack of time to prepare healthy meals.
Now in its ninth year, Drizzle is abuzz with a wonderful client roster that grows weekly. Drizzle has clients that manage everything from nut allergies to celiac disease to chemotherapy treatment to picky eaters. And, along with her team, Kendra’s focus is to ensure Drizzle Kitchen clients eat food that is safe for them all the while tasting delicious and being filled to the brim with nutrition.
In addition to private client work, Kendra is the Consulting Chef for Enjoy Life Foods, the industry leader in allergy friendly foods. She is also an ambassador for Spokin, the newly launched and highly lauded food allergy resource app. She has her own blog, teaches seminars on holistic and balanced living, travels with clients and always looking for new ways to make her food more exciting and nutritious. She has written articles for Shape Magazine, Living Without Gluten Free and More, Simply Gluten Free among other online publications and websites. She also talks about recipes and tips often on local news with CBS, NBC and WGN in Chicago.