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Natural Awakenings Chicago

Let’s Eat ‘Naked’

Nov 26, 2014 10:55AM

Jacques Laventure

JOQ Café opens its first vegan restaurant in the LA Fitness Signature Club, located at 355 East Grand Avenue, in Chicago, on December 1. The festivities will begin with a red carpet cocktail reception to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. The new grab-and-go dining location offers organic, cold-pressed juices and a full menu of raw foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including soups, salads, entrees, snacks, dessert items and comfort foods.

“Eating naked” is the philosophy of The Naked Chef, Jacques Laventure, from MTV’s Snack Off and the 14 Minute Snacks Cookbook. The chef will host a Mix & Mingle: Coffee & Conversations live cooking demo at the grand opening and hand out samples of his creations.

“Whether you’re vegetarian or omnivore, raw or cooked, macrobiotic or traditional—eating naked will boost the health benefits and help you look great, even without your clothes on,” says Laventure, who wears nothing on top except an apron when he’s cooking. JOQ Café is a healthy lifestyle company with a mission to take patrons to the next level of nutritional consciousness through detox cleanses, superfoods and fresh, live produce prepared into raw gourmet meals.

Admission is free. For more information, call 312-888-1708 or visit and on Facebook at Joq Cafe.