"I have the longest standing raw food restaurant in the country," states Karyn Calabrese, owner of Karyn's Inner Beauty Center, Raw Vegan Gourmet and Fresh Corner Café.
"I'm so proud of that because I'm in Chicago, a meat-packing town."
Through private diet counseling sessions and raw food prep classes out of her
restaurant until it could stand on its own.
20 years later, Karyn's
, a gorgeous 7500 square foot raw mecca in Lincoln Park, provides nutritional counseling, food preparation classes, detoxifying services and mouthwatering living food everyday.
Since luxury well-being is the new urban chic, where health and peace of mind are the ultimate status symbols, a sprinkling of vegetarian raw food restaurants have cropped up across the country-from Bryan Au's restaurant Pa-raw-dise in San Francisco, to Quintessence and Counter Vegetarian in New York and Karyn's
December 1, 2005 - Karyn Calabrese
has turned a personal health issue into a successful career as a unique restaurateur.
is a raw foodist and her
Chicago restaurants were among the first of their kind in the country.
a restaurateur who operates with a kitchen that doesn't have a grill, oven, microwave unit or fire.
For Karyn Calabrese none of the above is necessary because her
restaurant -- Karyn's Fresh Corner -- serves only raw food.