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Friends over for brunch
My mom & my roommate decorated the apartment. But all the art is mine!
From left, my boyfriend, me in pink, & my roomies, Maurice & Kirsten
roasted tomatillos are some of my favorite ingredients
Part of my heart belongs to Mexico City

LOCATION

Lake View, Chicago

Interesting fact about me
I can hula hoop for a very, very long time.
About Me
I love to travel, and follow my stomach on all its whims. I've lived in the USA, Mexico, Hungary, Poland, and Colombia. I have very strong feelings about the best food and beer in each of those countries. My favorite things are food, yoga, comedy, reading/writing, architecture, and people who are awesome. Also, I love trivia.
Places I’ve Traveled
Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, Ireland, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Canada
What I Read, Watch, and Listen To
The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, The IT Crowd.
A Memory of a Home-Cooked Meal
My mom makes from scratch everyday, and she pretty much is the very best. If people on death row knew about her, they would request her food as a last meal. But I would prefer for death row not to know my mom.
Who I’d Like to Have a Meal With
Anthony Bourdain, duh. Also people who speak in riddles.
I Love to Eat
  • cheese. chocolate. popcorn.
I'd Like to Explore
  • Every kind of international cuisine

166 Reviews 

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Nina
Such a great host and amazing food! Definitely want to come back :)

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Kari
My hubby and I had a blast at Jessica's brunch! The food was awesome and so was the company! I loved the fruit with cucumber and spicy seasoning. The huevos rancheros were awesome and the sauce that went on top was yuuuuuuum! Not to forget the hot chocolate with cinnamon that rounded out the decadent meal. In addition, it was a great group of people and Jessica and her boyfriend (who helped) were awesome hosts. There was some Spanish being spoken and cool latin tunes playing. I really enjoyed hearing stories from around the table. Everyone was friendly and interesting. It totally made me glad I had signed up; meeting new people like Jessica and Juan is always a joy!

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Erik
Jessica hosted another fantastic mealsharing meal! The Huevos Rancheros were excellent and the company was fun!

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Erik
Jessica hosted yet another great meal! This brunch was fantastic and the company was great! It was great meeting her mom and all the others that were there.

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Nina
Thank you for dinner food was delicious, good music, and conversation.

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Andrew
Jessica was an extremely thoughtful and accommodating host. Three of my friends who are new to Mealshare signed up for the meal only hours before it started but Jessica made everything work to create a great first experience for them. /hats off. Looking forward to attending the next Share conference, per Jessica's recommendation.

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Oindrila
Great first time experience! Jessica did a great job of hosting and it was a fun filled evening with great conversations and food! The hot chocolate was yumm!

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Rickie
Great meal sharing event! Excellent warm friendly host. Great company. Amazing made dinner and salsa choices were super !

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Rohan
Jessica was a very welcoming hostess. The company and food were great as well!

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Anthony
Another great time had at Jessica's Fish Tacos & Coconut Rice Mealshare. Excellent food, excellent company. A excellent evening had by all! Thank Jess!

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Rebecca
I highly recommend dining at Jess's! The enchiladas and guac were to die for but the company was even better. This was my first meal sharing experience and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Can't wait to sign up for a girl's night and I hope to have Jess over when I host my first meal.

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Natalie
Delicious! Nopales and tomato salad, enchiladas verdes and homemade smashed pinto beans. And a sweet thick Mexican hot chocolate to end the meal on this 40 degree Chicago night in late May. Jessica is a great cook and hostess.

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Kathryn
The chocolate did not disappoint! Neither did the experience, Jessica is a fantastic host offering a warm and cozy atmosphere. This was my first meal share and I am definitely open to more, I would highly reccomend a meal at Jessica's!

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Natalie
Jessica is a warm and welcoming hostess. I enjoyed the family style comfort food and sharing the evening with everybody. The layered cake looked out of a magazine and the mango guacamole was especially delicious! It was my first Mealsharing event and I will recommend it to others.

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Catie
Delicious meal! Jessica is a wonderful host. This is my second meal share, and also my second time going to one of Jessica's meals. I cant say enough good things about her cooking, apartment and company! The strawberry nutella cake was TO DIE FOR.

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Peter
Jessica was a fantastic hostess with hilarious stories that had me chuckling all night. And the food was delicious too. Everyone needs some Colombian coconut rice in their life ;-)

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Cathy
Another wonderful time at Jessica's table. She is a wonderful hostess and made everyone's eggs to order. Beans are not my favorite but hers are delicious, definitely not out of a can. There was lots of lively conversation and I was able to get tips for my upcoming visit to Colombia thanks to Jessica's boyfriend Juan. If you haven't gone to Jessica's, go!

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Dina
I had a WONDERFUL time with Jessica and her guests. I loved Jessica's fish tacos and coconut rice. Delicious! We even had authentic Mexican hot chocolate while sharing stories that I was still laughing about the next day at work :)

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Rebecca
Jessica is such a great host! She makes everyone feel welcome and is a fantastic cook -- her coconut rice is amazing!

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Angela
Jessica is fantastic!!! Not only is her food great, she is really (I mean REALLY) funny and wonderful to talk to. I had a great time chatting with her. And laughing, of course. She's great at keeping conversation flowing at the table, and creates a really welcoming space for guests. Hope to see more of her at future meals!

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Emily
Always love your meals Jessica! Thanks again :)

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Myrna
It was great to meet Jessica and to be able to have dinner with her and have her share her delicious meal with her! What a wonderful spread and so beautifully done! All of the food was just right and I hope to be back again at Jessica's in the future!

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Erik
Another fantastic meal from Jessica! I still think about how good the coconut rice was! I had a great time meeting all new people and hope to see them again at another meal

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Rita
FINALLY!!! I finally had the opportunity to join Jessica for one of her meal shares and (as I anticipated) it was a great time! The tacos, with all the fixings, were DEEE-lish and I'm really glad to have had the chance to finally try cactus (so good). Oh, and how could I forget the coconut rice … it was out of this world. Seriously. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to get to know Jessica a bit better at her meal share (she's a riot!) … Also can't wait to have her over at one of my meal shares one day! :) Thanks for hosting, Jessica… it was a great night!

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Matt
Jessica is a terrific host and a terrific cook! I've been to two meals she hosted, once when I was traveling in Chicago, and now when she was traveling in New York, and it was a delight each time! She has the most interesting Latin American food flavors, and serves things I've never tried before!

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Hanne
Jessica was sweet like always. I just love to share a meal with her and I love the idea of "Girls only". She really makes me enjoy vegeterian food because it is always so delicious.

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Thao
Wonderful food & company - as per usual with meals that Jessica hosts. I learnt a lot of great stuff about food around Chicago too. Thank you Jessica.

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Donna
I had a wonderful evening at my first meal share. Jessica is a great host. The food was yummy and the ladies fun, upbeat and interesting. I highly recommend.

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Agnes
Jessica is a wonderful host and very entertaining! Dinner was soooo delicious...I'm already craving for more dark chocolate mousse! YUMMMM!!! The group of ladies were very nice and I really enjoyed the great conversations!!!

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Amy
Jessica is an amazing host! The All Girls Meal was fantastic. Such great food and wonderful conversations with some incredible ladies. Hope to see everyone again!

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Amy
Jessica is hilarious! So much energy and pep, and so friendly and can talk about anything! It was wonderful to meet her, can't wait to do another meal sharing event with her!

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Naeem
Jessica is a wonderful host with great iron chef skills and a wicked sense of humor. Fish tacos and hot chocolate were a true revelation! Definately an experience worth repeating :D

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Beatriz
This was my first time with Meal Sharing, and Jessica really made everyone confortable; it was an wonderful experience. Meeting new people, learning new things, and enjoying a great meal is what a nice time is all about.

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Guillermo
Such delicious elaborate food, not easy to find! Jessica, as usual, made an amazing dish an d mimosas. Wonderful bruch

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Tierra
Wow! What a delicious meal. Jessica was warm and inviting and did an awesome job of bringing us together for a wonderful meal. I enjoyed meeting the other guests and would definitely consider attending another event.

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Kimberly
Jessica was so friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious!!

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Ben
Jessica is one of the warmest, open, friendly people i've ever met. Great conversationalist with SO many world experiences, I could listen to her stories for hours and she genuinely loves people and seeing them smile. She is an absolute asset to not only mealsharing but to the world. And anyone that has the pleasure of meeting her is beyond lucky. She has it, whatever it is. You just can't explain it. Oh and her homemade salsa and fish tacos are to die for!

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Erik
Jessica was awesome! This was my first Mealsharing experience and she and her roommate welcomed me in and I felt like we had been friends for years! The food was delicious and all vegetarian! I definitely recommend attending one hosted by Jessica.

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Bob
It's been a while since I reviewed Jessica as host. So let's take a look... First, I want to acknowledge and thank her for hosting this meal at my request. I wanted to introduce some friends to mealsharing on a particular night that worked for them. Jessica was happy to do this for us. Second, her food is always delicious and filling. In this case, the poblano soup and quesadillas were stupendous. Yes, you don't see that word very often, but stupendous is an apt description. Third, and most important, Jessica is always damned fun to be around. If you haven't been to one of her mealshares, what the heck are you waiting for?? GO already!

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Tracy
Jessica was so nice and so appreciative of the yummy cupcakes! I hope she liked them as much as I liked making them for her! We must hang again sometime soon :-)

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Jerry
Jessica is just as fun as a guest as she as a host! I attended her Spicy Taco night a few weeks ago and I was excited to return the favor for Vegan Mac and Cheese at my place. I loved hearing her stories about her European travel snafus and adventures.

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Adam
Jessica and her boyfriend were great hosts and the food was delicious!

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Emanuel
Jessica is an amazing host and great cook and many have attested to before :) Always great to see her and I look forward to her mealshares.

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Heather
Fantastic evening. Jessica is so friendly and bubbly that the tone and conversation outshined even the wonderful food. It was a highly international group, which was fun. On the way out I asked if I'm allowed to double back for more of the same. Luckily she said, "Yes!"

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Aaron (Matthew)
What a great time! It was my first Meal Sharing meal and I had no idea what to expect, but after this I know I'll be coming back for more. Jessica was a great host - thanks again for the memorable experience!

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Claire
Jessica is friendly and a breeze to talk to! She was a very gracious host to me and a large group of people. Her apartment is warm and inviting and the food was very tasty. Jessica, thanks for making my first Meal Sharing experience memorable!

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Kristin
Jessica was a wonderful host and the food was delicious! Cannot wait to go to more meals that she hosts!

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Jerry
Jessica was a phenomenal host! Very welcoming, she remembered me from another event I spoke at a few months before and a few people there I had met at various events in Chicago, proving that Chicago really is a small town in disguise of a big city. The meal was awesome, spicy fish tacos with mango salsa. My only regret was not taking more of the fish portion because I didn't take much the first time around and when I went back for seconds, the bowl was empty. Everyone loved it! It was great meeting new people in a friendly and welcome setting.

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Tory
Jessica was the best host for my first meal sharing experience. The conversation was full of laughter, truths about love and long distance relationships, travel stories and advice on how to live with our parents :) Truly I had such an amazing time and have been telling all of my coworkers about the experience. I have already signed up for my next meal share dinner.

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Cameron
Jessica is a welcoming and gracious host who puts everyone at ease (with the help of her boyfriend Juan)! This was the best home-cooked meal I've had in months! From long-distance relationships to dancing at funerals, conversation flowed effortlessly and Jessica gave us all the gift of a wonderful evening.

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Carlos
Even when she's not trying to impress, Jessica managed to put our taste buds in a frenzy. Delicious as always. Thanks for hosting!

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Fe
Jessica was a great host!!! Her meal was perfect for a cold, windy evening and everything was delicious!!! She lives in a great location and her apartment was spacious and cozy. Most of the guests were all first timers, she made us feel so comfortable and the conversation never came to a lull. Looking forward to enjoying more Meal Sharing and hope to dine with the girls at another one!!!!

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Fe
Jessica was a great host!!! Her meal was perfect for a cold, windy evening and everything was delicious!!! She lives in a great location and her apartment was spacious and cozy. Most of the guests were all first timers, she made us feel so comfortable and the conversation never came to a lull. Looking forward to enjoying more Meal Sharing and hope to dine with the girls at another one!!!!

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Kelly
Jessica created the perfect environment for introducing me to Meal Sharing. It was a great evening of fun conversation with interesting ladies. And the food was delicious! I'm looking forward to signing up for more Meal Sharing in the future!

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Kelly
Jessica created the perfect environment for introducing me to Meal Sharing. It was a great evening of fun conversation with interesting ladies. And the food was delicious! I'm looking forward to signing up for more Meal Sharing in the future!

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Catie
My first ever meal share was for Jessica's All Girls Meal. I had a great time! Her apartment is spacious and beautiful. The Chili and Cornbread were perfect for the cold winters day, but the real star of the dinner was her Kahlua Cake- delicious! The conversation was great, she made me (and the rest of the guests) feel very comfortable, and was always asking if there was anything we need. I will definitely go back!

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Kathryn
I had the best experience ever - especially as a newbie. I definitely will be another guest. Love all the stories and laughs. Kathryn

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Jacob
Her churros, and chocolate were excellent! The abuelita was prepared in a way I've never had it, and me and my kids loved it.

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Kevin
It was a great experience and Jessica was the most gracious host. I highly recommend as you are bound to have excellent food among engaging guests.

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Carlos
Everything was well prepared and organized. Food was superb. Also shout out to Juan for playing Colombian music!

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Huan
Love this girl!! Having her at the table and you never worry about interesting dinner conversation dying out. Jessica has a great personality and she loves food. Oh by the way, she's also a regular host on Mealshare. Highly recommend going to her meals or hosting her at your dinner.

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Sean
Jess was a wonderful guest. She stopped by for a meal with her friend Jay (also awesome) and was very fun to talk with. She's lived and traveled all over the world and has so many great stories! You need to share a meal with her!

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Sadaf
It's was a great experience! Enjoyed the food and the company!Love the dessert!!!

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Jenn
Jessica is a great host! I hope to attend one of her meals again. Her food was delicious and plentiful, and conversation was friendly. I had a good time at her place.

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Maxine
Jessica was a terrific host. She was relaxed and ready for the onslaught of 7 hungry guests. Her dinner was delicious and totally lived up to expectations. The conversation was easy and I was very happy to have taken part in the evening.

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Elyse
Another great meal with Jessica. She is a fun, welcoming hostess and a great conversationalist. It's truly a pleasure sharing a meal with her!

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Maxine
Great dinner and a host who is comfortable with herself and her talents. I enjoyed a tasty meal and lively conversation. Would definitely come again.

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Jack
I had a wonderful time at Jessica's. She was very kind to include a vegetarian option for me (which even the meat-eaters loved) and I left feeling quite satiated. She is a great representative for the mealsharing team and I hope to enjoy some of her delicious food and warm company again soon. Me gustan los nopales!

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Kim
I attended Jessica's beer battered fish taco night, and left with a happy, round Buddha belly. Jessica is a warm host. She has a casual style that is awfully disarming. Dinner conversation went from bidets to getting your blood drawn to what people would and would never eat. Jessica also introduced me to cactus, which I loved. It has the texture of okra, and the way she prepared it, it was bursting with flavor. Now, I have my eyes out for it, and I am looking forward to attempt it myself. I look forward to coming over to Jessica's house for a mealshare, again.

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Anthony
Another fantastic mealsharing experience with Jessica! She is a great cook and an even more fantastic, dynamic person. You have to attend one of her Mealsharing events.

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Krishna
I cannot say enough good things about Jessica. Wherever Jessica is, either as a host or as a guest, wonderful things are bound to follow. It is always a pleasure to see her at a mealshare and she is always welcome at my table.

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Maria
Jessica was very welcoming and friendly and her Día de Muertos meal was delicious!

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Apryl
Jessica's Dia de los Muertos meal was a fantastic way to introduce me to my first mealsharing event. Not only is she a wonderful cook, that makes EVERYTHING from scratch, from the hot cocoa,to the Day of the Dead bread, to the 25 ingredient mole (and I know mole, I've lived in Oaxaca!), she is a fabulous host. Her ability to pay special attention to each guest, serve gracioulsy and generously and her intelligent and thoughtful conversation definitley made me happy iIstarted my mealsharing journey with Jessica. I look forward to the next one!

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Patricia
Jessica was a wonderful host with the most amazing food! Her space is warm and inviting. I have the feeling every mealshare Jessica does is fab because her intention is for you to enjoy yourself with good company but just as important, good, healthy food!

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Patricia
Jessica is a lovely person and I am excited to be a guest in her home too. Her description of a soup she made recently was tantalizing!

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Aaron
Fabulously tasty food - fabulously friendly hostess. Jess was whipping up some dessert for us and decided to finish up in the dining room so that she could be social with us all whilst she prepped. She made scrumptious empanadas and shared her good company with the group. Kudos... kudos.

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Cathy
As always a fabulous made from scratch meal with lively conversation.

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Jj
Jessica is an amazing host. She made a delicious dinner and facilitated great conversation throughout the meal.

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Elyse
Jessica was such a talented hostess! She facilitated great conversation, and I felt so welcome as a guest at her table. It is so clear that Jessica loves to host and that the meal came from a compassionate place. Her food was stellar as well--I am still thinking about her pumpkin flan!

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Brahim
This was my first experience with meal share, and it was awesome! Kudos to Jessica for the great meal. Much appreciated. Looking forward to more shared meals.

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Mei
It was a great experience to meal share with Jessica. The food was great, especially the flan!! Jessica is a super friendly host, she makes her guests feel at home. It was a real pleasant gathering with interesting conversations.

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Samantha
Jessica is the absolute best hostess! I have been to three of her meals and they were all delicious. You must try her key lime pie - life changing! Not only does she make some awesome food; she is also an awesome person to enjoy dinner with. Be sure to ask about her stories from all of her world travels!

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Anthony
Another exceptional Mealsharing experience from Jessica. The Honey Hill Apple Orchard was a great pace to host a Mealsharing event. Jessica prepared a fantastic lunch to prepare her guest for a little Apple and raspberry pickin. I had a fantastic time picking apples with Cathy, the Sommelier of Apples who made sure we only picked the best quality apples out of the trees and boy are they good! All in all a very relaxing afternoon out of the city!

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Diane
I experienced my first Meal Share last evening. Jessica was the host, and this was a truly memorable experience. The food was simply amazing! Presented nicely, explained culturally and delicious gastronomically! I had never before enjoyed Sopa-the tortilla soup with all the toppings! Incredible, everything including stock made from scratch! Mexican street corn was yummy! and the still warm Churos and Thick Mexican Hot Chocolate to dip them in and drink, was simply to die for....It was such an amazing way to end the meal...a meal which extended well past appointed time (joyfully) with incredible guests! People I would never had met otherwise! Fantastic conversation(s) ranging from global travel and cats to defining important life growth experiences and Mixed media Art!!! Having not ventured out to a social event alone since moving to Chicago a year ago, I can see this becoming a regular "thing" for me! Thanks to Jessica, and the amazing guests!-Diane

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Lauren
Felt more authentic than any restaurant I've ever been to. It was a full cultural experience, lots of laughter, new friends and Amazing food! This is a don't miss!

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Agnes
Amazing!!! It was my first time to join the Meal Sharing! Jessica did an incredible job organizing and creating a superb meal sharing experience!

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Autumn
A great time as usual! The food in jars was very cute, and tasty for a picnic. The addition of fresh apple cider and donuts was great.

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Christine
Jessica outdid herself this time. She planned a totally fun and awesome fall activity, and she packed us each a delicious snd adorable sack lunch. It was a wonderful way to spend a beautiful day.

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Huan
I've been to many of Jessica's meals and I just keep coming back. Her meals are always fun and tasty of course. And her birthday mealshare was a blast!! What's more, she's donating the profit to the refugee girls!! Way to go, Jessica! I'm looking forward to her next awesome mealshares!!

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Hanne
mmhhhh Jessica, what to say, this sweet young lady is just "dulce" like sugar. I love love love to meet her all the time and it seams that she never ever stops talking or thinking. We had a fantastic time and the evening past just to fast. But..... I am sure I will hear one of her storys again on another mealsharing table and I can not wait....

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Cassie
Jessica was a fantastic host. Delicious food and a great atmosphere. Thrilled to hear she's a regular host-- I'll be back for sure!

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Devy
Jessica is easy-going and tremendously helpful. She's really a great cook. She prepared an amazing poblano crepes, salad and cupcakes! They all taste great. Not to forget she's such a sweet host too. I love sharing meals with her and hope to share more meals in the future as well! :)

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Dillon
Oh, Jessica. What a wonderful human. During my time in Chicago, I attended three of the same Meal Shares as Jessica and met her and also met up with her and Jay at the Meal Sharing headquarters in Chicago. In all of my encounters with Jessica, she was super smiley and inviting and just a joy to be around. My only regret is not getting to talk to her more one-on-one so I could find out more about her life. Oh well, guess we'll just have to have another meal someday!

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Alfredo
Great experience! the most friendly person I ever met. Wonderful host as well.

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Daniel
Jessica is an amazing host! The food was delicious and the company was even better... We shared a few wines and mingle... Always meeting great people!!! Thank you Jessica... Highly recommend her and will definitely be back to share another meal!

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Aaron
It's raining, it's pouring, the salmon is snoring... Well, a great night on the lake turned into the monsoon of 2014. However, before the H20 hit the ground, Jess prepared an amazing spread of salmon, black beans, blueberries (with home made whipped cream) and of course the vino. We dined and then we dashed, but it was still a fantastic evening. Eventually we dried out.

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Mai
Jessica was a great host. All the food she cooked was delicious and she shared some great stories. I can't wait for the next mealshare she hosts.

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Cathy
Jessica is one in a million. She's a great cook and an excellent person to share a meal with when someone else is cooking. She has a great sense of humor and always has interesting topics to chat about. I really enjoy sharing meals with her.

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Krishna
It's always great to be a guest at one of Jessica's mealshare events. Not only is her food wonderful but you always go home having made new friends. Her meals are such a delight and her guests are even better!

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Matt
Had a wonderful meal share at Jessica's! Fantastic food from salad, to main, to dessert. She used this goat butter that was super flavorful and distinctive. Great people all around sharing their stories as well, fueled to a small extent by Jessica's excellent sangria. Hope to be back soon! p.s. ask her about her TV career!


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