Kenneth Hamilton, 23, walked across UIC Pavilion’s (525 S. Racine Ave.) stage May 3, graduating from Kennedy King College (KKC) and fulfilling the first “leg” of his journey to become a lawyer. He credits a black male support group implemented at KKC, with helping him accomplish this part of his goal.
To help bridge, social, family and other gaps, black males who attend KKC at 6301 S Halsted St., can take part in the school’s King’s Men Initiative, a support group implemented last October after a study conducted by the school showed disparities between black male and female enrollment and success rates.
“I graduated from Hyde Park High School on Stony Island and grew up in the Woodlawn community in a single-parent household,” Hamilton told the Chicago Citizen Newspaper. “My mother raised all six of her kids. My father was in my life but he wasn’t in our household.”
Hamilton then discussed the mentors he worked with while in the program and how they positively influenced his success.
“As part of the King’s Men, I had two mentors James Floyd, vice president, (general manager) for McDonalds Corporation’s (Central Division) and Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonalds Corporation and other men in my life who supported and encouraged me to do better and stay focused on what I’m trying to accomplish in life.”
Hamilton admitted that it’s sometimes difficult to focus with all the violence in Chicago.
“As an African American male you think about your life and we are stereotyped with different things going on in the community but I think I’m blessed to be who I am.”
Hamilton also said he’s not shy about sharing what’s troubling him.
“I talk about my issues or any issues going on in the community because, I’m a community activist and I plan to one day become a politician,” he said.
With focuses primarily on Black males of any age, King’s Men aim is to bring black male students together for mentorship, fellowship, scholarship, and career focus.
Students who take part in the group are also given instruction on how to express themselves, effectively communicate and address whatever issues they’re facing.
“We have a “diversity circle” where we address the various subcultures within the African American community,” said Brandon Nichols, director of Academic Support Services, Kennedy King College. “We may have someone in the group who had an alcoholic parent, who may have witnessed murder or sold drugs. Addressing all those things play a role in how successful we will be when we see all this negativity in our life.”
“As part of the workshop, we visited McDonald’s Corporation and learned about basic business strategies and we also had an Ivy League college tour,” Nichols continued. “This is the first time we’ve facilitated something like this for the City Colleges which was primarily focused towards our black male students who were looking to transfer to a four-year institution. It was meant for exposure to show them opportunities outside of Chicago.”
As for the business and career components, among other things, workshops focus on entrepreneurship and networking.
The group has between, 14 to 18 black male student members and Nichols wants to increase enrollment.
“Out of those members, we have five graduates, including one that was Salutatorian of Kennedy King College, having the second highest GPA at Kennedy King College,” Nichols said. “Kenneth was one of the five. This shows that we have five students who are graduates based on this initiative. All of those graduates are matriculating to four-year institutions once they leave here.”
A KKC self-study conducted in 2010 showed Black male students enrolled and matriculated through Kennedy-King College at significantly lower rates than Black female students.
In the fall season of 2010, only 34% of the College’s African-American students were male.
Nearly 4,000 students earned associate’s degrees at City Colleges in 2013, the highest in more than two decades.
“Black women, double the number of men who attend Kennedy King. And this not something that’s necessarily a Kennedy King issue, it’s a school issue,” said Nichols. “We have black men in our society. If they’re not in school, then where are they?
Of the black males who are there, out of that 34 percent, unfortunately, half of those students drop out and never reach degree attainment,” said Nichols.
Having taken advantage of the support group, Hamilton is graduating with an associate’s degree, and will attend Purdue University, Calumet in Hammond, Indiana where he will study political science.
“I’ve wanted to be an attorney since I was ten years old,” Hamilton said. “My father used to ask me what we wanted to be when we grew up and he would tell us that we have to know what we want to be,” Hamilton said. “I always said I wanted to be an attorney and I’ve never changed that.”
By Deborah Bayliss
A local community group and other residents turned out Saturday to protest a pawn shop’s proposed move into a strip mall at 95th Street and Clyde Avenue on Chicago’s South side.
Members of the South Shore Gardens Betterment Association, a group that promotes initiatives and policies that preserve and promote the highest quality of life for the South Shore, South Chicago, Avalon Park and Calumet Heights communities, say they will fight to the end to prevent Cash America Inc. of Illinois from moving in.
Johnny Acoff, vice president of South Shore Gardens Betterment Association said, “We’re protesting because we have the worst kind of business trying to install themselves into the community…a pawn shop. Pawnshops do a lot of things with the gangs and selling guns and back and forth,” he said as he referred to a recent newspaper article detailing a lawsuit brought against a Mississippi pawnshop that allegedly sold a handgun used to kill off-duty Chicago police officer, Thomas Wortham IV, three years ago.
The lawsuit, filed last Wednesday in Oxford, Miss, on behalf of Wortham’s parents and sister, accused Ed’s Pawn Shop in Byhallia, Miss., of negligence for failing to recognize clues that the gun’s buyer was making an illegal purchase and block the sale.
“Also, the problems with a pawnshop, is it presents a problem with kids breaking into your garage and stealing lawnmowers and anything of value to sell to the pawnshop.”
Acoff said the group on Saturday who gathered on the corner of 95th Street and Clyde Avenue with blue and white protest signs, are sending a loud message to Cash America Inc., of Illinois, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.
Acoff said a lot of people didn’t know the pawnshop was trying to move into the area.
Jessie Harley, president of the Garden group was hoping for a large turnout. By noon, about 25 to 30 people were there to take part in the protest, with more scheduled to show up.
“We put out almost 500 flyers at different meetings but on Saturday, people have other things to do so we’re hoping to get a good turnout,” Harley said.
Sandra Lopez has lived in the community near the pawn shop for over 30 years and was on hand for the protest.
“This is a thriving community and we need to see more in this community besides a pawn shop,” Lopez said. We need to set a good example for the homeowners and for our younger generation. Let’s keep our revenue here. The pawnshop owners are not going to do anything for the community. They don’t even live in the community.”
Lopez said meetings scheduled to meet with the City of Chicago’s zoning committee are continually cancelled.
Lopez suggested pawn shop owners should try putting the pawnshop somewhere on Michigan Avenue.
“Just keep it out of our neighborhood. We don’t need it,” Lopez said.
Lopez said they want to get new 7th Ward Alderman, Natashia Holmes and the Mayor involved.
“We’re trying to keep our community thriving,” Lopez said.
Nubia Ptah was on her way to run errands on Saturday when she came across the group.
“I saw something about this in a news article and I tore it out,” Ptah said. “A pawnshop is just going to bring more crime and they know that but they don’t care because they’re going to build more prisons. It’s problematic all the way around.”
A 6:30 p.m. meeting with Ald. Holmes is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at the Greater Morning View church at 2335 E. 100th St.
Yulonda Walker, spokesperson for Cash America declined comment until the matter goes before the zoning board.
By Deborah Bayliss
After spending the last two years arming herself with skills acquired at Washburne Culinary Institute & French Pastry School, Aisha Golden, 32, will graduate in May from the school with an Associate degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts.
As one the oldest culinary schools in the nation with more than 75 Years of culinary training, Washburne, headquartered at 63rd and Halsted Streets on the City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King campus, combines the latest culinary techniques with the hands-on experience to ensure students receive world-class culinary and hospitality training.
“I came to Washburne back in 2011,” said Golden as she sat at a table at Sikia, one of two full-service restaurants managed and operated by Washburne and features a student-prepared rotating menu that highlights a variety of global contemporary cuisines at an affordable price.
“I was working in the financial industry and I lost my job. It was at the right time because it was in June when I lost my job and my mother suggested I go to culinary school saying since I always liked to cook and that I’m really good at it. So I took the summer off and enrolled in Wasburne in the fall of 2011 and it’s been an amazing ride since then.”
Golden said she was already putting together classic recipes and cooking methods at home but was able to hone those skills at Washburne.
“I just didn’t know the proper terms for them or the proper technique but I was making rues and béchamel sauces for macaroni and cheese which is how I always made my macaroni and cheese,” Golden said. “I never knew that’s what it was called. I learned that you can take the same sauces and turn them into other sauces. I learned a lot here and the experience has been awesome.”
Golden also learned pickling and canning and won the Green City Market, Pickling and Jam contest this year. Cold salad, soups, pâté and sausage making are also part of her culinary repertoire.
After her May 3 graduation ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Golden wants to land a secure, line cook job.
“I want to land on my feet running,” Golden said. “I don’t want to take any time off. I want to get right into the field right after I graduate. I have my fingers crossed and I’m putting in lots of applications and getting ready for my graduation.
As for whether she plans to open a restaurant with the skills she obtained at Washburne and Sikia, Golden said, “I have a few ideas for a few storefront restaurants but that’s way down the line. I really need to get in and get my feet wet and get comfortable and I really want to learn different types of cuisines.”
Khristopher Murray: Executive Director, of the Washburne Culinary Institute said for the most part, he doesn’t encourage students to leave Washburne and then immediately open a business.
“It’s one of those things where you really have to study the landscape that’s out there,” Murray said. “You have to know what the competition is like and what it means to manage a crew of people. Even if your end goal is to own your own things, I always advise people to study somebody else’s (venture) and see how they’re doing it and see what you can do to improve on it.”
However Murray also stated that there are students who already have great culinary abilities and they attend Washburn simply to brush up on their skills. One such student is John Schultz, owner of Mr. Spanky’s Farm Fresh Artisan Foods.
“He went through his basic certificate and he already had some idea of what he wanted to do when he first came through here and he also had some experiences outside,” Murray said. “He went through the basic certificate program and went on and did the second phase where he got an introduction to sausage and bacon making and from those skills sets he went on to open his own business and is getting a lot of reviews right now. It’s called Mr. Spanky’s Bacon and Smoke House. He actually came up with a retail item and built a restaurant around it.
Schultz worked in the field ten years before going to culinary school.
“I wanted to learn to excel in the field and also the tuition cost was appealing,” Schultz said on why he chose Washburne. “I needed instructors who were going to answer questions who understood where I was coming from as a professional.”
Washburne also operates the Parrot Cage Restaurant, located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the historically significant South Shore Cultural Center, the Parrot Cage restaurant features floor to ceiling windows in elegant, vintage décor and seats 62 people in 3,500 square feet of space.
Sikia Restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a three-course, global cuisine menu at an affordable price. Reservations are recommended at 773.602.5200.
For more information, about Washburne’s rental kitchen space and catering services, contact Jennie Tiberio at (773)-602-5485 at Washburne Culinary Institute.
For a list of classes and tuition cost, please visit the website at www.washburneculinary.com
By Deborah Bayliss
Households on the far south and southwest sides of Chicago that have not yet transitioned to the new grid garbage collection system, effective April 15, will have a change in their garbage pick-up day as the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation implement the seventh and final phase of the process.
Approximately 90,000 households in wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 21, and 34 are part of this final phase. The first seven phases were put in place throughout last year.
“By moving to a grid garbage collection system we will be able to continue to provide residents with the same high-quality garbage collection services while using fewer resources,” said Commissioner Charles Williams, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation via press release. “Residents may experience a change in their refuse collection day, but that will be the only change.”
By using a grid garbage collection system, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation seeks to increase service efficiency and crew productivity.
A new colored map associated with the new grid system is now available. Residents should review the map to determine their day of service beginning the week of April 15, 2013.
However, in coordination with aldermanic offices and community groups, the City of Chicago will inform residents about the grid system and potential day of week service changes through targeted public outreach that includes media relations, direct-to-consumer outreach and social media engagement.
Widely used by municipalities and private refuse haulers, the grid system, changes collection routes from non-linear ward geography to a system of routes bordered by main streets and natural boundaries, concentrating sanitation workers in targeted areas of the city as a way to improve daily collection performance.
By utilizing what the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation refers to as more efficient routes, the plan provides the same weekly refuse services to Chicago residents while saving millions in operating costs.
Streets and Sanitation began Monday, finalizing preparations for the transition. Crews will post “Change in Garbage Service Day” notices to garbage carts to inform residents within the boundaries of their new day of service.
Notices will also inform residents who receive curbside blue cart recycling services that their recycling day of service will also change to the same day as their garbage pickup.
Residents who receive alley blue cart recycling services will maintain their same week of service, though their day of collection may change. Residents with alley blue cart services should leave their carts in the alley for their entire collection week to ensure service.
For more information about the grid garbage collection system and related service changes, residents are encouraged to visit the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation website at www.cityofchicago.org/dss, call 311 or contact your local ward office.
By Deborah Bayliss
Robin Kelly has won the race to Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District seat, defeating GOP nominee Paul McKinley by a margin of 80 percent (at press time) in the special election to fill vacancy left by former U.S. Congressman, Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Kelly, a former state representative who spoke out against and quickly became the voice for gun control during the special election primary, gained huge momentum when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC poured $2 million into anti-gun television ads, won the special Feb. 23, 2013 primary with 54 percent of the vote in the very crowded race.
Kelly has championed gun control and the limiting of gun violence throughout her campaign, previously applying pressure to her political opponents in both the Democratic primary and in the general election to reveal their stance and voting record on gun control legislation and the organizations they have supported.
Already armed with heavyweight endorsements including those of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (Dist. 1st) and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (Dist. 7th), Kelly more than sealed the deal by picking up President Barack Obama’s endorsement last week.
“I share Robin’s passionate advocacy to end gun violence with common sense solutions because like her, I believe families impacted by gun violence—especially in my home city of Chicago, deserve a vote,” Obama said of Kelly. “As a member of Congress, Robin will help us get that vote and that’s why I urge you to elect Robin Kelly as your representative in the United States Congress.”
Kelly has known President Obama for years dating back to their time working together in the Illinois state legislature.
Robin Kelly has a history of serving the citizens of Illinois in several different offices; she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2003 to 2007; served as the Chief of Staff to Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in 2007; and in 2011 Kelly was appointed Chief administrative Officer for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle before quitting to run for Congressional office.
McKinley, Kelly’s Republican and primary opponent, is a convicted ex-felon who served 20 years in state prison for 6 felony counts of armed robberies, burglaries, and aggravated battery. McKinley won the Republican primary over Eric Wallace of Flossmoor, IL by a reported 23 votes. McKinley’s key campaign message was that he would fight ‘Machine controlled-Democrats’ if elected. McKinley stated on his campaign website, “I’m not running against a candidate, I’m running against the Machine.”
By Lee Edwards
Chicago Children’s Choir, under the direction of President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, will host its annual Paint the Town Red concert sponsored by Target on May 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. This event will unite thousands of singers to spread the message of peace through the arts and raise funds to launch a new Englewood Neighborhood Choir Program in the fall.
“Violence in Chicago has reached epidemic proportions,” said Lee. “We as a community must help our city’s children find an alternative to the streets, and music holds the power to change their lives.”
During this year’s event, the Choir is asking singers to come together to promote peace and harmony in Chicago and in their own communities. The children will write wishes for peace and wear them on their Choir uniforms as they march hand in hand and sing as one voice throughout Millennium Park and Grant Park.
The Choir’s goal is to raise $100,000 in order to launch and operate the Englewood Neighborhood Choir Program. The new program will offer a safe place for children during the dangerous after-school hours.
“Chicago Children’s Choir has served as global ambassadors of our great city and the country since our founding during the Civil Rights Movement,” said Lee. “We inspire children through music and give them a platform so that they can be part of the movement to improve their communities.”
The Paint the Town Red concert is free and open to the public. Chicago Children’s Choir is asking the audience to wear red on May 15 and make donations to help launch the Englewood Neighborhood Choir Program. Gifts can be made at www.ccchoir.org/support.
A press conference and reception will be held on April 23, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center on the 5th Floor in the Millennium Park Room to further explain the initiative. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
“We are Champions,” the motto that recently became reality for the Chicago State University (CSU) Men’s Basketball team after they defeated Houston Baptist University 75-60 in the Great Lakes Conference (GLC) on Saturday, March 17; the first victory for the school’s new Athletic Director, Dan Schumacher.
Formerly of Lewis University, Schumacher’s presence is already paying dividends, not only on the basketball court but for the CSU community as a whole. Schumacher is establishing a foundation based on academic achievement and athletic excellence, but his journey has only just begun, because according to him, winning the GLC was the first of many future steps in his three year plan to transform CSU into a top-tier athletic program.
And although the GLC is the only Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) conference that does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA, CSU’s coaches and players are in high spirits because of their successful past season.
“We probably had as large a crowd as UIC at the Pavilion and it was an extremely impressive display of fan interaction, school spirit and continued support,” stated Schumacher as he reflected on the past season.
Winning the Great Lakes Conference Championship is not the only good news for CSU. The University will be joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) next year and will benefit greatly from a visibility stand-point by transitioning into a larger conference and will gain a new level of credibility as a burgeoning Division I athletic program. The windfall of moving to the WAC is a game-changer not just for the players and administrators, but the coaches as well.
“Our tennis coach, our golf coach, our track coach [will benefit] because we are moving to the Western Athletic Conference now; their recruiting conversations are changing, they’re getting a chance to talk to kids they haven’t had a chance to talk to because we are going to have an affiliation and because we can sell the dream of post-season play in being affiliated with a nationally recognized conference,” Schumacher said. “Every conversation with every coach has changed its venue and its ability to communicate, and the message behind the communication [is] to really start to accelerate the process of building championship teams. “
Schumacher is amidst an abundance of newfound excitement as CSU’s Athletic Director. However he has made academics a first priority for his athletes with a laser focus on graduating.
“We have honored 75 athletes at our last home game that have a 3.0 GPA or better. We have a great amount of our athletes that are quality students and we are going to continue to raise the bar academically,” said Schumacher. “College graduation is our number one priority and winning championships is number two. That’s why they call it student-athlete.”
Dan Schumacher is passionate about Chicago State and wants to build the athletic department with respect to the university’s mission as it pertains to not only achieving scholastic and athletic success but also personal development.
“We have different missions and different focuses that maybe some institutions have here in Chicago but we can still foster the championship feel and the academic scholarly piece as well. I want to respect our mission and the goals of the institution while still finding the best student athletes we can and provide the great collegial experience and championship experience that they deserve,” said Schumacher.
By Lee Edwards
Chicago State University received a big donation earlier this month from a well-known drug store chain. The University received a donation from CVS Caremark for a new student center in the College of Pharmacy.
“This donation will help to improve the College’s physical space and technological resources, which greatly enhances student success within the College of Pharmacy. To say thank you is an understatement” Chicago State’s Dean Miriam Mobley Smith, College of Pharmacy, said.
The largest integrated pharmacy company in the U.S., CVS Caremark employs more than 24,000 pharmacists.
“CVS Caremark is pleased to support Chicago State University’s College of Pharmacy and its mission to educate and train new generations of pharmacists,” said Papatya Tankut, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Caremark. “The CVS Caremark Student Center and Technology Laboratory will help ensure that students are prepared for success in a rapidly evolving pharmacy industry.’
The grant, disbursed over a five year period will support pharmacy students by providing:
• Integrative learning – designed to provide students with an opportunity for small group hands-on experiences in preparing for and conducting presentations and using new technology in their preparatory efforts.
• Development of practical skills to enhance scholarship– The new center will be used to student engagement. Through this experience students are expected to improve and expand upon their oral, writing, and research skills.
• Social interaction Students will work together to strengthen intercultural language, values and traditions to foster one-team spirit and quality objectives.
“This gift will create educational opportunities that will enable our pharmacy students to achieve success as individuals and contributors to the global healthcare community, said CSU president, Dr. Wayne D. Watson. “We are grateful for the generosity of CVS Caremark, who supports our mission of teaching a diverse community of scholars.”
With Chicago States’ latest donation, the university has received $500,000.00 in 2013.
Founded in 1867, with just 62 students enrolled in its first year, Chicago State University today is a nationally-accredited university with five colleges in Health Sciences, Arts and Science, Business, Education, and Pharmacy, offering 36 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree-granting programs.
For more information, please visit www.csu.edu
By Deborah Bayliss
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool on March 6 announced that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will kick-off an expansion of its largest ex-offender apprentice program ever – quadrupling the current number of apprentice opportunities on bus and rail to as many as 265. The CTA Apprenticeship Program will provide valuable job skills and training to ex-offenders, increasing self-sufficiency for hard-to-employ individuals while providing CTA with additional resources to enhance the customer experience with cleaner buses and trains.
“This strategy will have multiple benefits for the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “By getting ex-offenders into the workforce, we’ll lower unemployment, increase self-sufficiency and reducing recidivism – all key priorities that will have long-term, valuable impacts on Chicago.”
In coordination with community partners and sister city agencies, CTA will offer new, full-time bus apprenticeships in addition to its current rail apprentice opportunities for ex-offenders who face significant barriers to employment and to long-term self-sufficiency.
“Unfortunately, many public and private entities have written policies which state that they do not hire individuals who have been convicted of crime; therefore, I take this opportunity to commend Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CTA Chairman Terry Peterson, and CTA President Forrest Claypool for the development and implementation of this program which can result in the hiring of 200 ex-offenders to clean buses owned and operated by CTA,” said U.S. Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), who has a long track record of promoting employment of ex-offenders.
Under the expanded program, CTA will provide bus apprenticeship assignments that will be up to one year in length; rail apprentice assignments are nine months in length.
“CTA’s apprentice program is considered one of the largest transitional programs in the country, providing as much as a year’s worth of valuable work experience for individuals who face significant hurdles to employment versus the average 12 weeks for comparable apprenticeships,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool.
Apprentices who perform exceptionally during their assignments will be eligible to apply for full-time CTA positions. If no full-time relevant positions are immediately available, apprentices who have successfully completed one apprenticeship can apply to participate in the other apprentice program – for up to a combined 21 months of continued employment. Positions in both apprenticeships pay $9.50 an hour. CTA will have 65 rail apprentice positions available and as many as 200 bus apprenticeship slots. Apprentices will be members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents bus (Local 241) and rail (Local 308) workers.
Pre-screened, qualified individuals who are selected for apprenticeships will be assigned to duties that will include platform servicing, bus and rail yard sweeping, rail car shop cleaning and general interior cleaning and detailed exterior cleaning of buses and trains. Thorough background checks will be completed as part of the apprenticeship screening process. Job candidates that will be considered are individuals who have been convicted of non-sexual, non-violent and non-domestic violence-related criminal offenses.
Candidates can apply for apprenticeships through Westside Health Authority or Teamwork Englewood. Once applications are received, candidates are referred to one of eight non-profit agencies currently partnered with CTA for job readiness instruction. Those eight agencies include the CARA Program, Career Advancement Network, Haymarket Center, Phalanx Family Services, North Lawndale Employment Network, St. Leonard’s Ministries, Safer Foundation and the Westside Health Authority.
As part of a four-city tour, Food Network star Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. is lending his “star power” to a worthy cause and will be in Chicago this week to promote no-salt cooking for National Kidney Month.
”I am excited to be visiting Chicago to share my kidney-friendly recipes, including one I whipped up just for the residents of the Windy City which will be announced on Thursday, March 14 – World Kidney Day,” McCargo said via press release. ”Passion for food and eating is an integral part of our culture, and it’s truly a key ingredient to our quality of life.
Chef McCargo, who competed and won season four of “The Next Food Network Star” in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for his own Food Network show, “Big Daddy’s House” which premiered in 2008 and continues to be a success, partnered with Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) a national dialysis provider, will visit Chicago-area patients on Thursday, March 14, World Kidney Day.
“We’re pleased to launch Chef McCargo’s national tour, which provides a great opportunity to share his renal-friendly cooking tips and inspire people living with kidney failure,” said Carolyn Latham, vice president of clinical quality and UltraCare at FMCNA in a released statement.
The four-city tour is intended to call attention to how diets featuring fresh, flavorful ingredients can be healthy for patients on dialysis, as well as tasty, affordable, easy to prepare, and great for the entire family. An estimated 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at risk for kidney failure, for which the only treatments are a kidney transplant or dialysis.
African Americans are nearly four times more likely than the general population to develop chronic kidney disease.
Chef McCargo will visit two local dialysis clinics in Chicago to discuss eating tips and share his bold, flavorful recipes for people with kidney failure to show how easy eating well on dialysis can be, despite dietary restrictions.
On his show, “Big Daddy’s House,” Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking, bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen and the chef also published his first cookbook recently, “Simply Done, Well-Done.”
The chef’s Chicago tour schedule is as follows:
Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 14, he will appear at the Fresenius Medical Care South Chicago, 9200 S. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fresenius Medical Care River Forest, 103 Forest Ave., River Forest.
McCargo will visit clinics during his tour stops to meet with dialysis patients and their families to share kidney-friendly cooking tips, food samples and recipes developed in collaboration with Fresenius dietitians. He will also unveil a new recipe in each city, influenced by that region’s cuisine. More information is available at www.ultracare-dialysis.com/kidneymonth.
To encourage healthier eating habits during National Kidney Month, FMCNA offers the following five tips for using less salt by substituting bold, fresh herbs and spices:
From Bland to Bold: Five Spices to Use Instead of Salt
• Chili powder* – tastes great in chili or taco meat flavoring. Also try adding it to rubs.
• Smoked paprika – adds a deep brown color to bread-crumb casserole toppings, barbecue rubs or to seasoning blends for sautéing or searing any proteins. Also adds a great smoky flavor to marinades.
• Lemon zest – adds a lively taste to bread crumbs, breaded chicken tenders and fish sticks or to renal-friendly vegetables like eggplant or string beans. Also great in dressings and marinades, or mixed with dry spices and used as a rub for broiled or baked seafood.
• Dried oregano – enhances the flavor of scampi sauces and combines well with lemon zest. Gives steamed vegetables or tossed salads a fresh, earthy taste and aroma. Or add it to fajita seasonings, along with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and lemon zest.
* Most brands are salt-free, but check to be sure you’re using a salt-free product.
Visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com to see Chef McCargo’s renal diet recipes and view his online cooking demonstration videos. Dialysis patients can also find fitness tips, recipes, videos, and other information about staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the website. For more information about dialysis facilities near you, call toll free at 1-888-325-5175.
By Deborah Bayliss