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Karyn's fitness, vegan, New Year's events call resolution makers' bluffs

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Chances are high for vegetarians and vegans that they've run into someone who either debates about why meat should be a mandatory dish or the people who claim they "were going to try being a vegan/vegetarian but _________" with some random excuse.

For this group and the New Year's resolution crowd who wants to eat healthier and lose weight in 2014, Karyn's restaurants in Chicago are making this possible.

Here are a few ideas to get in shape with Karyn's restaurants for the holiday season and 2014:

New Year's celebration

Bring in the new year in Karyn's on Green at 130 S. Green St. Open seating is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., for $45 per person. For 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., seats are reservation only for $55. And $75 for reservation only seating at 9 p.m.

The reservation prices include a midnight champagne toast and live music from R&B artist Simone Green. Valet parking, taxes and gratuity are not included in the initial charges, which includes a $20 deposit per person.

Contact 312-255-1590 to reserve a table.

Cookie classes

There's nothing wrong with a sweet tooth. Karyn's Fresh Corner & Inner Beauty Center's, located at 1901 N. Halsted St., holiday cooking classes with restaurant owner Karyn Calabrese's chef Wil is going to teach customers how to make vegan cookies. The vegan cookie class will be at 6:30 p.m., on Fri., Dec. 27. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Register here or call 312-255-1590.

Trampoline fitness classes

Get fit in trampoline classes on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., in Karyn's Fresh Corner. The classes are $15 each or $72 for a package of six.

The instructor is Calabrese's personal trainer Homer Bryant, who used to perform with the Dance Theater of Harlem.


There will be a four-week detoxification program at Karyn's Fresh Corner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Tuesdays (Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28).

A second option is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays (Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29) for $250 with a $50 nonrefundable deposit.

There will also be a live stream available at

Vegan home delivery meals

If you're more of a homebody who doesn't really want to take fitness classes or go out for New Year's Eve, check out Karyn's at Home, a catering service that brings vegan meals to you.

Delivery is available for customers who are a maximum of 30 miles from Karyn's Fresh Corner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert will be delivered Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Orders can be placed by calling 312-255-1590.

The menu will change weekly and includes five days worth of food per charge of $140 each week.

Additional delivery prices (on top of $140 charge):

  • 0-3 miles $20
  • 3.1-6 miles $25
  • 6.1-9 miles $30
  • 9.1-12 miles $35
  • 12.1-15 miles $40
  • 15.1-20 miles $45
  • 20.1-25 miles $55
  • 25.1-30 miles $60

Recommended Reading:

African-Americans could fare well with vegetarianism

Karyn's on Green site

Karyn's Cooked site

Karyn's Fresh Corner (Inner Beauty Center, Raw Food Cafe, Karyn's Bistro) site

Follow Shamontiel on Pinterest for all her latest Chicago vegetarian entries, or subscribe to her Chicago Vegetarian channel at the top of this page. Also, follow her "Diet & Exercise" and "Vegetarian World" Pinterest boards. She's on Twitter @BlackHealthNews.



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