BEYOND THANKFUL ~ COOKING CHICKS HIT 1000+!!!

From: Vanessa M.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:44 PM

BEYOND THANKFUL.........1000!!

To all the amazing Cooking Chicks who have joined - we are thankful that you picked us as a meetup group to be a part of, we are thankful for your participation, we are thankful for support and if you have not discovered us yet, we hope you do!

This had been an AMAZING journey of the last 2.5 years! One board and frustrated day in March of 2010 - I had a tough day as a residential Realtor! I logged onto Meetup.com looking for a committed and active cooking group to join - I needed an outlet to relieve my stress and newly into cooking I realized I loved time spent prepping in the kitchen. I have never been so relaxed! As I searched, I could not find a group that fit what I was looking for so I decided why not start my own!  I started this group with the hopes that there would be a "few" women who would want to get together and cook, share, and eat their favorites dishes just as much I did. To date, I CANNOT believe there are over 1000 of you who have joined us for one reason or another but the common bond that we all share is the love of food.

I never stepped foot in the kitchen until a few years back and with all the amazing things through The Cooking Chicks, I am thankful that I have met some amazing women, I have made fabulous connections both personally and professionally, and have developed into a self-taught professional Chef with a budding second career in food and teaching others how to cook. Who ever thought a real estate agent could find love in food?!

With that said - we are excited that we are close to[masked] days away from our NEW website and NEW Cooking Chicks platform. We're moving forward to create this concept in other cities over time and inspire 10,000, 20,000, 100,000 women to cook, share, and eat all over the country. We're on to big things! I look back and am grateful for my bad day at work. If it was not for that I may not have met all of of you, we may not exist, and many relationships would have never been built.

I hope to see many, many more faces active in our group as me move into the Holidays and 2013. This is more then a meetup, it's the biggest registered group of women food lovers in all of Chicago. Whether your here to make friends or for the food - we'll work hard to ensure you experience with us will keep you coming back time and time again.

Have very Happy Thanksgiving...and enjoy one of the most treasured food-times at the table with loved ones all around! I am thankful for that!

Best,

Vanessa

The Cooking Chicks, Founder

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