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941 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA
Chef Judith was born on the coast of Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz, which is a rich mix of African, Native American, Spanish, Italian, French and German Culture. She grew up in a family of home cooks, all talented in different ways, and little Judith learned her family’s centuries-old recipes utilizing fresh, simple ingredients.
Judith married a Philadelphia native and moved to Philly in her 20s. After living in the city for 6 years, the couple decided to open the first and only traditional Venezuelan restaurant in Philadelphia in 2004. Sazon was an instant success, not only with the Latin Community but with other ethnicities as well.
Three weeks after the grand opening of the BYOB, customers started asking, "Is your cuisine prepared gluten-free?” Because I have celiac, our response was "Of course, why wouldn't it be?" not realizing how much gluten is used as a filler, thickener, food substitute, etc. The national bread of Venezuela is made of corn, not wheat. These tasty corn patties called arepas are grilled to perfection and stuffed with meats, cheeses, eggs, veggies and beans. Ninety percent of Sazon’s menu is gluten-free and when food items are fried they are fried in pure corn oil in a separate fryer. Judy is ahead of her time with her healthy Latin homestyle cuisine and she also offers vegan and vegetarian options.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Historic Strawbridge Building
8th and Market Streets