Karyn Calabrese

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Karyn Calabrese
Karyn Calabrese with green drink.JPG
Calabrese in February of 2014
Born (1947-04-20) April 20, 1947 (age 68)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Culinary career
Cooking style Plant-based, raw vegan

Karyn Calabrese (born April 20, 1947) is an American raw foodist and restaurateur.[1][2][3][4][5] Her first restaurant, Karyn's Raw Bistro, is the longest-standing gourmet raw food restaurant in the United States.[3]

Early life[edit]

Calabrese grew up in Hyde Park, a South Side neighborhood of Chicago.[1][3] Calabrese worked as a professional model in her teens and into her twenties, and was featured in national magazine and television commercials.[1][2]


Calabrese became a professional raw foodist in the effort of making herself and others healthier.[5] In the early 1980s, she hosted a support group at her home and would post signs in health food stores saying "meeting in my home, alternative thinking discussions, bring a dish to share." Within six months, the group grew from six people to 90.[3] Soon after, Calabrese decided to transition careers from modeling to cooking and consulting about the raw and vegan lifestyle.[5]

Since then, Calabrese has opened three restaurants (Karyn's Raw Bistro, Karyn's Cooked, and Karyn's On Green), a market (Karyn's Fresh Corner), a meal program (Karyn's At Home), a holistic therapy center (Karyn's Inner Beauty Center and O2 Day Spa), a branded line of food, a cookbook, a cleanse guide, and a natural make-up and skin care line.[1][3] Karyn also teaches cleanse workshops and speaks regularly on the subject of raw foodism, holistic therapies and natural longevity.[1][4]


Karyn and Beyoncé at Karyn's Cooked in December, 2013

Calabrese owns and manages three restaurants in Chicago:[1][5]

Karyn's On Green[edit]

According to the 2014 Zagat Survey, Karyn's On Green is the top-rated vegan restaurant in Chicago and the most formal of Karyn's restaurants.[6] Karyn's On Green is located in Chicago's West Loop.

Karyn's Cooked[edit]

Karyn's Cooked serves vegan and plant-based cuisine; however, most dishes are cooked.[7] Karyn's Cooked is located in Chicago's River North neighborhood.

During her much publicized 22-day vegan cleanse,[8] Beyoncé dined at Karyn's Cooked on December 14[9] and 15, 2013.[10]

Karyn's Raw Bistro[edit]

Karyn's Raw Bistro is the longest-standing gourmet raw food restaurant in the United States.[3]

Also connected to the restaurant is Karyn's Fresh Corner, a raw and organic market, and Karyn's Inner Beauty Center and O2 Day Spa, a holistic treatment center. Karyn's Raw Bistro is located in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

Published works[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2002, Calabrese received the inaugural International Raw and Living Foods Golden Branch Award for introducing raw foodism to the greatest number of people in the mainstream.[5][11]

Calabrese was the 2013 winner of the Harper's Bazaar Fabulous at Every Age competition for the 60+ age category.[12][13]

On the January 5, 2015 episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Calabrese's cookbook Soak Your Nuts was featured on Fallon's "Do Not Read" list.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hevrdejs, Judy (23 March 2012). "Remarkable Woman: Karyn Calabrese". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Doctor, Fruit (7 August 2012). "The Karyn Effect: Karyn Calabrese-65 year old vegan". www.thefruitdoctor.com. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Williams, Sheree (27 December 2013). "Holistic Dining with Karyn Calabrese". Cuisine Noir. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Hingle, Lynnette (25 October 2011). "What Is Karyn Calabrese's Detox Diet?". www.livestrong.com. Livestrong. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Val Warner and Karyn Calabrese (2012). Karyn Calabrese on WCL (television). Chicago: ABC. Archived from the original (TELEVISION) on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Karyn's On Green- Chicago". Zagat.com. Zagat Survey. 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Karyn's Cooked- Chicago". Zagat.com. Zagat Survey. 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Burton, Sinya; Kitnick, Sara (21 February 2014). "Beyonce's Trainer Share Stares Exact Vegan Diet". E! Online. E! Entertainment Television. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Donnaly, Danity (14 December 2013). "CELEB SPOTTING: Jay-Z and Beyonce Go Vegan in Chicago". CelebrityVIPlounge.com. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Gomez, Luis (16 December 2013). "Citing: Beyoncé dines at vegan-friendly Karyn's Cooked". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Karydes, Megy (October 2013). "Eating Raw Doesn't Mean Abandoning Lasagna". Natural Awakenings. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Karyn Calabrese Named 'Fabulous At Every Age'". www.nachicagonorth.com. Natural Awakenings. Jan 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Ravindra, Shanna (2013). "Meet the Fabulous At Every Age Finalists". www.harpersbazaar.com. Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Jimmy Fallon and Steve Higgins (2015). Fallon: Books on the Do Not Read list (TELEVISION) (television). New York: NBC. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 

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