Saturday, November 27, 2010

2010 Winter Holiday Menu

2010 WINTER HOLIDAY MENU

*All Christmas orders due December 20. Pick up for all Christmas orders is Dec 24 from 8am-10am.
New Years Eve orders due Dec 27. Pick up for New Years Eve is Dec 31 from 8am-10am
.

APPETIZERS
LUMP CRABCAKES WITH CREOLE MUSTARD REMOULADE $26/DOZEN
ARGENTINIAN BEEF SKEWERS WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE $24/DOZEN
PEPPERCORN SEARED TUNA ON WONTON CHIP, MIRIN SOY GLAZE,WASABIAIOLI $26/DOZEN
CHEESE BOARD WITH ASSORTED CRACKERS AND FRUIT $39/ SMALL, $69/LARGE
BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO CAKES WITH SAGE CREAM
$22/DOZEN
BRUSCHETTA TRIO WITH ARTICHOKE PESTO, TAPENADE AND TOMATO MOZZARELLA $33/SMALL $48/LARGE
FRESH SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP WITH BLUE AND YELLOW CORN CHIPS
$29/SERVES 8
MEDITERRANEAN PLATTER WITH HUMMUS, TABOULI, DOLMAS, FETA, OLIVES AND PITA BREAD
$39/SMALL $69/LARGE
BAKED BRIE WITH CRANBERRIES, TOASTED ALMONDS AND HONEY SERVED WITH CROSTINI
$32 SERVES 8
BROCCOLI RABE, FENNEL AND PARMESAN STUFFED MUSHROOMS
$21/DOZEN
PINE NUT MEATBALL SKEWERS WITH ROASTED GARLIC, TOMATO AND OLIVE SAUCE
$19/ DOZEN


SOUPS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND GINGER BISQUE
$9/QUART
ROASTED EGGPLANT, TOMATO AND PARMESAN SOUP
$9/QUART


SALADS
SMALL, SERVES UP TO 10 $32
LARGE, SERVES 11-16 $52

BABY GREENS, GOAT CHEESE, DRIED CRANBERRIES, MAPLE PECANS, BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
SPINACH, ROASTED PEARS, SHAVED FENNEL, GORGONZOLA, CANDIED WALNUTS, CITRUS VINAIGRETTE


SIDES
BUTTER WHIPPED YUKON GOLD POTATOES
$7/LB
WHIPPED PARSNIPS WITH TOBACCO ONIONS
$9/LB
PASTA WITH TOMATOES, GARLIC, PARMESAN, BASIL AND A TOUCH OF CREAM
$7/LB
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WITH PECAN PRALINE CRUNCH
$29/HALF PAN
ROSEMARY AND GARLIC ROASTED RED POTATOES
$7/LB
HARICOT VERT WITH ALMONDS
$10/LB
BALSAMIC GRILLED VEGETABLES
$10/LB
ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH CRANBERRIES, SPINACH AND PUMPKIN SEEDS
$9/LB
BROCCOLI RABE WITH TOASTED GARLIC AND OLIVE OIL
$10/LB
TRADITIONAL HERB STUFFING
$7/LB
APPLE, FENNEL SAUSAGE AND SAGE STUFFING
$8/LB
SHITAKE MUSHROOM AND LEEK MACARONI AND CHEESE
$8/LB
SAFFRON SCENTED BASMATI RICE
$7/LB



ENTREES
SHALLOT AND THYME ROASTED TURKEY BREAST WITH PAN GRAVY
$13/LB

SLOW COOKED ROSEMARY PRIME RIB WITH ROASTED GARLIC AU JUS
$22/LB
WHOLE ROASTED FILET MIGNON WITH POBLANO CORN GRAVY
$30/LB
BRAISED BONELESS SHORT RIBS WITH JAMAICAN SPICES
$19/LB
PORKLOIN STUFFED WITH PROSCUITTO, PEARS AND BASIL
$15/LB
GRILLED FLANK STEAK PLATTER WITH HORSERADISH MUSTARD AIOLI
$19/LB
POMMEGRANATE AND VANILLA GLAZED SPIRAL HAM
$9/LB
MAPLE AND POMMERY MUSTARD GLAZED SALMON
$19/LB
BONELESS LEG OF LAMB WITH BLACKBERRY GINGER GLAZE
$16/LB
BABY SPINACH AND PORTOBELLA MUSHROOM LASGANA
$45/HALF PAN
EGGPLANT ROLLATINI WITH HERB RICOTTA, MOZZARELLA AND PARMESAN
$39/HALF PAN
GRANNY’S MEATBALLS IN SUNDAY GRAVY
$39/HALF PAN
CHICKEN SCALLOPINI WITH ARTICHOKES, WHITE WINE AND BASIL
$49/HALF PAN

7 FISHES
BACALA SALAD WITH OLIVE OIL, ROASTED PEPPERS, KALAMATA OLIVES AND LEMON
$21/LB
CRAB STUFFED FLOUNDER WITH LEMON WHITE WINE CHIVE SAUCE
$23/LB
ROASTED SALMON WITH BALSAMIC AND RED WINE CARAMELIZED ONIONS
$19/LB
ALMOND CRUSTED MAHI MAHI WITH MANGO GINGER RELISH
$19/LB
LEMON AND HERB ROASTED COD WITH FETA BREADCRUMBS AND TOMATO THYME BROTH
$19/LB
SHRIMP PUTANESCA WITH TOMATOES, GARLIC, OLIVES, CAPERS AND CHILIS
$21/LB
PAN ROASTED SEA SCALLOPS WITH BUTTER BEANS, CABBAGE AND ROASTED TOMATOES
$23/LB
FENNEL AND LEEK ROASTED GROUPER WITH SHERRY JUS
$28/LB


COMPLETE TURKEY PACKAGES
WHOLE HERB ROASTED NATURAL TURKEY WITH PAN GRAVY
BUTTER WHIPPED YUKON GOLD AND ROASTED GARLIC POTATOES
CHOICE OF TRADITIONAL HERB STUFFING OR APPLE, COUNTRY SAUSAGE AND SAGE STUFFING
WINTER VEGETABLE MEDLEY
MAPLE AND CINNAMON ROASTED SWEET POTATOES
CRANBERRY, ORANGE AND GINGER CHUTNEY
CHOICE OF PUMPKIN OR APPLE PIE

FOR 4-6: $129
FOR 8-10: $179
FOR 14-16: $279


DESSERTS
PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE
$24/SERVES 10
FRESH FRUIT TART WITH PASTRY CREAM
$26/SERVES 10
SOUR CREAM AND APPLE CRUMB PIE
$24/SERVES 10
COCONUT TRES LECHES
$24/SERVES 12
RUM RAISIN BREAD PUDDING
$25/ SERVES 12
MIXED BERRY AND BUTTERMILK COBBLER
$24/SERVES 8-10
WARM CINNAMON AND ALMOND FINANCIERS WITH FIG CHUTNEY
$4/EACH, 6 MINIMUM
ASSORTED COOKIES AND BROWNIE PLATTER
$25/SMALL, $44/LARGE
FRESH FRUIT AND BERRY PLATTER
$39/SMALL, $59/LARGE
KAT'S FLAN
$23/SERVES 10


Christopher's Kitchen
165 Amboy Rd #504
Morganville, NJ 07751
www.christopherskitchen.com
732.491.3399

Saturday, October 23, 2010

NJ Caterer Selected as One of The Best Caterers in Monmouth County in the Asbury Park Press

Christopher's Kitchen, a NJ Caterer from Morganville was selected as one of the best caterers in Monmouth County in the Asbury Park Reader's Choice Awards 2010 edition.

Christopher's Kitchen has been in business since 2007. Owner and award winning chef, Christopher Dutka, is best known for his handcrafted natural approach to catering with menus that incorporate authentic Latin, Italian ans Asian dishes. They offer services ranging from delivered breakfasts and luncheons, to intimate dinner parties, to full service elegant weddings and corporate functions. Their unique meal delivery service features freshly prepared meals delivered weekly to your home using choices from their weekly changing menu.



They have just opened a new off premise facility at 165 Amboy Rd in Morganville, NJ where their catering production takes place and now offer on site cooking classes to small groups featuring Chef Christopher. His classes combine instruction with a 3 course meal set in his commercial kitchen and feature themes like Latin, Thai and Tuscan meals. The classes are informative, laid back, fun and a truly unique event perfect for anyone who loved good food.

http://www.christopherskitchen.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Christopher's Kitchen Catering, A New Jersey Caterer, Releases It's 2010 Thanksgiving Menu

Christopher's Kitchen Catering in Morganville, NJ offers fully prepared, ready to heat Thanksgiving packages so you can enjoy time with your family this year. Why plan, shop, prepare and clean up when they offer handcrafted natural prepared foods?



2010 THANKSGIVING MENU

*All orders are due by Thursday, November 18


APPETIZERS

LUMP CRABCAKES WITH CREOLE MUSTARD REMOULADE $27/DOZEN
CHILLED POACHED SHRIMP WITH HORSERADISH GAZPACHO $26/DOZEN
CHEESE PLATE WITH ASSORTED CRACKERS AND FRUIT $39/SMALL, $59/LARGE
BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO CAKES WITH ROASTED GARLIC SAGE CREAM $23/ DOZEN
FRESH SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP WITH BLUE AND YELLOW CORN CHIPS $29/SERVES 8
BRUSCHETTA TRIO WITH TAPENADE, PESTO AND TOMATO MOZZARELLA $25/SMALL, $44/LARGE
BAKED BRIE WITH CRANBERRIES, TOASTED ALMONDS AND HONEY SERVED WITH CROSTINI $29SERVES 8
BROCCOLI RABE, FENNEL AND PARMESAN STUFFED MUSHROOMS $21/DOZEN
PINE NUT MEATBALL SKEWERS WITH TOMATO, OLIVE AND THYME SAUCE $21/DOZEN


SOUPS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND GINGER BISQUE
$9/QUART
WILD MUSHROOM, SHERRY AND ROASTED GARLIC BISQUE
$9/QUART


SALADS
SMALL, SERVES UP TO 10 $32
LARGE, SERVES 11-16 $52

BABY GREENS, GOAT CHEESE, DRIED CRANBERRIES, MAPLE PECANS, BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
SPINACH, ROASTED PEARS, SHAVED FENNEL, GORGONZOLA, CANDIED WALNUTS, CITRUS VINAIGRETTE


SIDES
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WITH PECAN PRALINE CRUNCH $29/HALF PAN
MASHED GOLDEN TURNIPS WITH TOBACCO ONIONS $8/LB
BUTTER WHIPPED YUKON GOLD POTATOES $7/LB
MAPLE AND CINNAMON ROASTED SWEET POTATOES $7/LB
ROSEMARY AND GARLIC ROASTED RED POTATOES $7/LB
FALL VEGETABLE MEDLEY $8/LB
HARICOT VERT WITH ALMONDS $10/LB
ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH CRANBERRIES, SPINACH AND PUMPKIN SEEDS $9/LB
BACON AND SHALLOT ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS $9/LB
TRADITIONAL HERB STUFFING $7/LB
APPLE, COUNTRY SAUSAGE AND SAGE STUFFING $8/LB
NATURAL TURKEY GRAVY $9/QUART
CRANBERRY, ORANGE AND GINGER CHUTNEY $6/PINT
DESSERTS
TRADITIONAL PUMPKIN PIE $14/SERVES 8-10
TRADITIONAL APPLE PIE $14/SERVES 8-10
SOUR CREAM AND APPLE CRUMB PIE $26/SERVES 12
RUM RAISIN BREAD PUDDING $26/SERVES 12
MIXED BERRY AND BUTTERMILK COBBLER $24/SERVES 8-10
ASSORTED COOKIE AND BROWNIE PLATTER $26/SMALL, $48/LARGE
ASSORTED FRESH FRUIT AND BERRY PLATTER $35/SMALL, $65/LARGE


ENTREES
WHOLE HERB ROASTED NATURAL TURKEY WITH PAN GRAVY $5/LB
SHALLOT AND THYME ROASTED TURKEY BREAST WITH PAN GRAVY $12/LB
SLOW COOKED ROSEMARY PRIME RIB WITH ROASTED GARLIC AU JUS $19/LB
WHOLE ROASTED FILET MIGNON WITH HORSERADISH AND MUSTARD AIOLI $29/LB
MAPLE AND POMMERY MUSTARD GLAZED SALMON $18/LB
BROWN SUGAR, POMMEGRANATE AND GINGER GLAZED HAM $7/LB


COMPLETE TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY PACKAGES
WHOLE HERB ROASTED NATURAL TURKEY WITH PAN GRAVY
BUTTER WHIPPED YUKON GOLD POTATOES
CHOICE OF TRADITIONAL HERB STUFFING OR APPLE, COUNTRY SAUSAGE AND SAGE STUFFING
FALL VEGETABLE MEDLEY
MAPLE AND CINNAMON ROASTED SWEET POTATOES
CRANBERRY, ORANGE AND GINGER CHUTNEY
CHOICE OF PUMPKIN OR APPLE PIE


FOR 2: $49(SLICED ROASTED TURKEY BREAST)
FOR 4-6: $129
FOR 8-10: $179
FOR 14-16: $279


**Pick up at our Morganville location on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve until 6pm and
Thanksgiving morning from 8-10am

***Delivery is also available on Tuesday or Wednesday for an additional charge

Sunday, September 26, 2010

NJ Caterer Offers On Site Cooking Classes in Monmouth County, NJ

Christopher's Kitchen Catering of Morganville, NJ is now offering on site cooking classes. Cooking classes typical feature 3 courses complete with instruction, recipes and tastings.

Christopher's Kitchen has just opened a brand new commercial catering kitchen in Morganville NJ at 165 Amboy Rd Suite #504. Owner Christopher Dutka is known for his natural foods approach to catering, dinner parties and prepared meal delivery services. This award winning chef is now offering on site cooking classes in his brand new professional commercial kitchen. Imagine learning how to make spectacular handcrafted meals from an award winning professional chef in a real commercial kitchen. You can learn how to make herb crusted halibut with corn basil sauce and tomato confit, pan roasted sea scallops with Jamaican braised oxtail and for dessert how about mascarpone crepes cake with port wine cherries and shaved chocolate? His cooking classes are designed to teach participants cooking instructions at any level in a relaxed, interactive, and fun atmosphere.

His website offers an updated schedule of themed classes such as Italian, Asian and Latin. Classes offer 3 courses of dining in his kitchen and welcomes byob. You can now enjoy a fabulous 3 course meal, taught by a professional award winning chef. Classes can also be reserved for private groups of up to 18 guests for birthday parties, showers, bachelorette parties and team building!

NJ Caterer Offering Cooking Classes in Monmouth County NJ


http://christopherskitchen.com

Monday, September 20, 2010

Grand Opening and New Cooking Classes

Announcing our Grand Opening and new on site cooking classes in Marlboro! Our first class is October 14.

Join us as we celebrate our grand opening of our new kitchen with our exciting cooking classes in Marlboro. Imagine learning how to make spectacular handcrafted meals from an award winning chef in a real commercial kitchen! Our cooking classes are designed to teach participants cooking instructions at any level in a relaxed, interactive, and fun atmosphere. Join us October 14 at 6:30 pm for a 3 course tasting and class for $60. BYO.

First Course
pasta with meat ragu, pecorino and thyme
Second Course
pan roasted sea scallops with wild mushroom, pancetta and truffle risotto
Third Course
mascarpone crepes cake with red wine poached cherries and shaved chocolate

Call us today to reserve as space is limited. Please inquire about booking our kitchen for private group classes for birthday parties, showers, bachelorette parties, team builds and more. A full class schedule will be on our site very soon.

Christopher's Kitchen
165 Amboy Road Suite 504
Morganville, NJ 07751
732-491-3399

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Annual National Night Out

Christopher's Kitchen Caters Annual National Night Out in New Brunswick for 400 guests.

Christopher's Kitchen hosted the annual coast-to-coast block party, National Night Out, that was celebrated in Middlesex County on Tuesday as neighbors for the 27th year in a row "took back" their streets. National Night Out has grown from an event held in a few hundred communities to participants that now number more than 10,000, involving millions of Americans.


Vote for us in the Asbury Park Press, Reader's Choice, Best of poll. Last day to vote is
August 9!
Word of Mouth Advertising is the Greatest Compliment

Simply click on the following link to show your support and vote for us in the catering section. We are located in Morganville. We really appreciate it!
http://php.app.com/bestof/



New location opening soon in Morganville!
Looking forward to our new move.

Things have been very busy at Christopher's Kitchen. Especially with our exciting new move to Morganville. Our new location is central to our service area and will allow the same services we currently offer as well as pick up of prepared meals, catering and on site cooking classes. The demand for classes has been so high that we can't wait to get started doing classes in our own location. We anticipate to be open in the beginning of September.


Wedding Plans, Graduation Parties, BBQ's?
Call on us for all your event planning needs.

We are a full service off premise caterer that can handle events from small intimate groups of 4 to corporate dinners of 6,000 guests. We specialize in custom tailoring you event to your needs, after all, this is all about you. We work with clients to ensure the highest level of service and quality of food, from a casual backyard BBQ at your pool, to an elaborate sit down wedding at a local winery. Our events are unforgettable as we travel to the location of your choice and provide unique selections of food that will satisfy the most discriminating palate.

Click here for our full catering menu:
http://www.christopherskitchen.com/chefChris/CateringMenu.html


Looking for a unique gift idea?
We have the perfect solution.

Having trouble with a wedding, anniversary or birthday gift? Everyone loves to eat great food, right? Why not give a gift certificate for a dinner party for 4. How about a week's worth of fresh natural foods meal delivery for the new mom who could surely use the help. Or your parent's who need help preparing meals for themselves? We offer gift certificates. Contact us today!

Friday, April 9, 2010

NJ Catering and Events




Wedding Plans, Graduation Parties, BBQ's?
Call on us for all your event planning needs.


We are a full service off premise caterer that can handle events from small intimate groups of 4 to corporate dinners of 6,000 guests. We specialize in custom tailoring you event to your needs, after all, this is all about you. We work with clients to ensure the highest level of service and quality of food, from a casual backyard bbq at your pool, to an elaborate sit down wedding at a local winery. Our events are unforgettable as we travel to the location of your choice and provide unique selections of food that will satisfy the most discriminating palate.

Click here for our full catering menu:
http://www.christopherskitchen.com/chefChris/CateringMenu.html


It's About Lyme's First Inaugural Fund Raising Event
will be held at Professor Thom's in Manhattan on May 19, 2010. Please come support Christopher and his Friend's new cause to help overcome this debilitating infectious disease that affects millions of people. Guests will enter via a Green Carpet and enjoy Gourmet Food from Christopher, Comedians, Guest DJ's, Guest Bartenders, Wii competitions, a silent auction and more surprises! Be sure to join us at the party that will change the lives of Lyme patients. Tickets are $100 and are tax deductible. They can be purchased from our website by clicking here:
http://itsaboutlyme.com/fundraisingevents.aspx



In search of a unique gift idea?
We have the perfect solution
.

Having trouble with a wedding, anniversary or birthday gift? Everyone loves to eat great food, right? Why not give a gift certificate for a dinner party for 4. How about a week's worth of fresh meal delivery for the new mom who could surely use the help or your parent's who need help preparing meals for themselves? We offer gift certificates for all occasions. Contact us today!




In Home Cooking Class Special, 3 Courses $50!
A great way to bring any group together.
*groups of 8 or more

Looking for something different to do with your friends or family? How about a unique team building event for the office or a special bachelorette party? Maybe a class for the girls night out?
Book an in home cooking class with Christopher's Kitchen and you will learn how to make terrific food from an award winning chef. You and your guests will have so much fun learning to create and eating three courses.


Kitchen Tip

Struggling to get the juice out of your lemon or lime? Here's a quick tip. First make sure the citrus is at room temperature. Cut them in half and place the cut side down. Use the insides of metal tongs to wrap around the fruit. Clamp the tongs around the fruit and squeeze the tongs to get out all of the juice!



Did You Know?

It's not always possible to buy organic due to costs and availability but it helps to know which ones have the highest amounts of pesticides. These top ten almost always have high amounts of pesticides.

Top picks to buy organic:

1. Nectarines
2. Celery
3. Pears
4. Peaches
5. Apples
6. Cherries
7. Strawberries
8. Grapes
9. Spinach
10. Potatoes


Support local farmers by choosing what they offer over foods that are brought in or imported.

Farmer's need your help. We need food, not factories.



















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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Newsletter



Easter Menu Planning, Done Right!
We will make it easy on you, we promise.

Having trouble planning your Easter celebration? Overwhelmed with having everyone over, the planning, cooking, cleanup? We totally get it. Our full menu is available for all your holiday needs. We will create a a custom menu tailored to your needs as well as your budget. The best part of all is that we make our foods in house and they are always fresh, natural and of the highest quality. We also offer staffing to ensure piece of mind for serving and cleanup! What could be better?


Click here for our full catering menu:
http://www.christopherskitchen.com/chefChris/CateringMenu.html



In search of a unique gift idea?
We have the perfect solution.

Having trouble with a wedding, anniversary or birthday gift? Everyone loves to eat great food, right? Why not give a gift certificate for a dinner party for 4. How about a week's worth of fresh meal delivery for the new mom who could surely use the help or your parent's who need help preparing meals for themselves? We offer gift certificates for all occasions. Contact us today!




Amazing Cooking Classes, What's Not to Love?
A great way to bring any group together.

Looking for something different to do with your friends or family? How about a unique team building event for the office or a special bachelorette party? Maybe a class for the girls night out?
Book a cooking class with Christopher's Kitchen and you will learn how to make terrific food from an accomplished chef. You and your guests will have so much fun learning to create and eating three courses. Call us today!


Wedding Plans, Graduation Parties, BBQ's?
Call on us for all your event planning needs
.

We are a full service off premise caterer that can handle events from small intimate groups of 4 to corporate dinners of 6,000 guests. We specialize in custom tailoring you event to your needs, after all, this is all about you. We work with clients to ensure the highest level of service and quality of food, from a casual backyard bbq at your pool, to an elaborate sit down wedding at a local winery. Our events are unforgettable as we travel to the location of your choice and provide unique selections of food that will satisfy the most discriminating palate.



Kitchen Tip

Struggling to get the juice out of your lemon or lime? Here's a quick tip. First make sure the citrus is at room temperature. Cut them in half and place the cut side down. Use the insides of metal tongs to wrap around the fruit. Clamp the tongs around the fruit and squeeze the tongs to get out all of the juice!



Did You Know?

It's not always possible to buy organic due to costs and availability but it helps to know which ones have the highest amounts of pesticides. These top ten almost always have high amounts of pesticides.

Top picks to buy organic:

1. Nectarines
2. Celery
3. Pears
4. Peaches
5. Apples
6. Cherries
7. Strawberries
8. Grapes
9. Spinach
10. Potatoes


Support local farmers by choosing what they offer over foods that are brought in or imported.

Farmer's need your help. We need food, not factories.

Christopher Dutka
732.491.3399






















Friday, February 26, 2010

New Lyme Disease Organization Formed in NJ, It's About Lyme

New Lyme Disease Organization Formed in NJ, It's About Lyme

A new Lyme Awareness Group is launched by victims, survivors, friends and family of the debliltating disease.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PR Log (Press Release) – Feb 26, 2010 – It's About Lyme... is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) (pending), organization dedicated to helping individuals with Lyme disease and their families live a healthier today. They were formed by a group of lyme victims, friends and family who know all too well the damage this debilitating infectious disease can cause.

It's About Lyme will be hosting it's first fundraiser in NYC on May 19, 2010 at Professor Thom's from 7-11pm. Join comedians, guest speakers, DJ's, celebrity bartenders, a silent auction and food from Christopher's Kitchen catering of New Jersey. They are currently seeking sponsors of all levels to help raise money for their cause.

Lyme disease is the most widespread vector-borne disease in the USA and is a major problem worldwide. Ticks know no borders and respect no boundaries. A patient's county of residence does not accurately reflect his or her Lyme disease risk.

Lyme disease is under-reported. Of the reported cases only approximately 23,000 per year meet the strict criteria. The CDC has gone on record saying that they estimate the official cases reported may be 10% of the total number of cases that would be accepted if all cases were reported, so 230,000 new cases per year is likely the reality.

Lyme disease has been frequently misdiagnosed, especially in absence of the rash, as MS, ALS, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others. Lyme disease is often referred to as “The Great Imitator”, as it can virtually imitate any symptom of any disease.

Lab tests for Lyme disease are not reliable. A person may test negative for Lyme disease and still have the disease. Patients report having problems getting diagnosed and are often diagnosed late. In 1988 the NY Health Dept. warned physicians that the 'two-tiered' (ELISA/Western Blot) criterion was missing up to 45% of positive Lyme cases. In 2005, a study by John's Hopkins University concluded that the IDSA-endorsed two-tier criteria was missing 75% of positive Lyme cases.

There has never been a study showing that 30 days of antibiotics cures Lyme disease, yet there is a differing opinion about short-term versus long-term treatments. If symptoms return after short-term treatment it may indicate that the bacteria have not been fully eliminated. Without further treatment the patient could become much more ill and suffer from Chronic Lyme disease.
# # #

Its About Lyme Mission Statement:

To help Lyme patients and their families live a healthier TODAY.
Funds raised will help provide the “Time for Lyme” curriculum to schools. In
addition, grants will be provided to allow patients to access lab tests, doctor visits, alternative medicine therapies, counseling, and respite services.

http//www.itsaboutlyme.org
http//www.christopherskitchen.com

New Lyme Disease Organization Formed in NJ, It's About Lyme