Friday, September 18, 2009

Megan Hart is a master’s level registered dietitian, author, and co-founder of Welcoming Kitchen Consulting LLC. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University and completed her master’s degree and dietetic internship at Colorado State University. Currently, she is a senior clinical nutritionist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has over 10 years of pediatric nutrition experience working with many special needs populations including food allergies, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, gastrointestinal diseases, and oncology.

Megan has a dynamic personality and likes to gather her friends and family around the table to celebrate life with great food and wine. In addition to enjoying local fare, she is an avid traveler and loves experiencing foods from other countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son and thoroughly enjoys being a mother of crazy and lovable toddler!

Kim Lutz is a mom-taught cook, author, and co-founder of Welcoming Kitchen Consulting, LLC. Kim has developed hundreds of allergen- and gluten-free vegan recipes over the past six years. Kim lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons. She has learned about cooking for a child with food allergies through the trial-and-error of everyday meal preparation. It is Kim’s passion to help make every kitchen a Welcoming Kitchen where everyone can enjoy a meal together, regardless of food restrictions.

Megan and Kim are the co-authors of three books including, The Everything Organic Cooking for Infants & Toddlers Book (Adams 2008), The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism (Adams 2010), and Welcoming Kitchen (Sterling 2010).

Welcoming Kitchen Consulting, LLC was born after seeing many families struggling to initiate restricted diets safely. With the help of Welcoming Kitchen Consulting, families find practical solutions for living on restricted diets. They provide resources to show that foods can be prepared in a way that are free of all allergens yet still taste terrific. They accomplish this through an active blog (www.welcomingkitchen.blogspot.com) and via private consultations.

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