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Kiki Luthringshausen

Beauty and Her Feast

Her expertise in food and lifestyle have been recognized in Chicago for over almost two decades. Kiki Luthringshausen is a reformed interior designer of 15 years who fell into her dream job in 2010 as a food writer. Prior to her big career change, Kiki was a lifestyle expert and writer for local news outlets. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago-based Make It Better, and several trade publications for interior design such as Woman’s Day Kitchen and Baths, Woman’s Day Windows and Walls, and Accessory Merchandising. Kiki was also a contributor for live segments on the Chicago news affiliates, NBC, ABC, CBS and WGN featuring lifestyle trends and entertaining. In addition, her home was featured on HGTV for an episode of New Spaces as well as an episode of Bring It Home on WGN Chicago.

Author of the very popular food blog, Beauty and Her Feast, Kiki covers chef profiles, restaurant reviews, recipes and the video series, “Cooking with Beauty.” The video series has brought Kiki into professional kitchens with some of the best chefs teaching her how to make their signature dish. She also writes the “eats” column published weekly for

Kiki is an Associate Board member for five years with Common Threads founded by Chef Art Smith. Common Threads’ mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Kiki has worked hands-on with the executive director, the board and the chefs to plan and host their events including the annual World Festival at Soldier Field. She is also a founding committee member for the new Chicago-based charity, In Chef’s Hands with Chef Rodelio Aglibot and Chef Todd Stein. In Chef’s Hands provides culinary adventures by pairing chefs to individuals with special needs. Kiki is working with both Stein and Aglibot to match experiences, as well as assist with coordinating events to benefit the organization. She counts many Chicago chefs as friends and has been on the inside track for almost a decade.

Her food background is a very personal story. She was raised in a family of Italian origin with ties to New Orleans. Growing up with a mother and grandmother always in the kitchen, Kiki learned how to cook the old fashioned way, by experience and no recipes. With over 20 years in her home kitchen, Kiki has both a technical understanding as well as a deep passion for the food industry. Her unique perspective through friends in the industry as well as her homegrown love for food, Kiki is leveraging herself as a new media outlet for culinary experts across the country.

Kiki is often on the scene for local events and was recently a judge for Burger Bash hosted by media giant Modern Luxury’s CS, as well as a judge for the Oyster Shucking event at Frontier with some of the best shuckers in Chicago.

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