Village Gourmet  - Cafe & Catering

About Us.....
The Village Gourmet is a Cafe & Catering operation located in downtown Clarendon Hills, IL. The new owners, Wendy & Michael Howe are both professionally trained chefs, with over 50 years combined experience. Daily, they prepare freshly made, market inspired soups, salads, artisan sandwiches (featuring Boar's Head Brand premium meats & cheeses), home-style entrees & side dishes, as well as house-brined rotisserie chickens. Wendy bakes from-scratch cookies, muffins, peanut butter bars (to DIE for), as well as other sweets & treats!

Wendy attended Johnson & Wales College in Providence , RI, where she received her AS degree in Culinary Arts (she already had as AS Accounting degree from St. Josephs in Rensselaer, IN). Moving back to her home in Chicago, she was Sous Chef at Ridge Country Club. Moving to the position of Assistant Manager, that is where she stayed until taking time off to raise her two children, Michael & Kelly. Wendy has been Chef at the Village Gourmet since 2004.

Michael also attended Johnson & Wales College (that is where they met!), where he received his BS in Food Service Management, as well as additional degrees. Moving to Chicago with Wendy, he has worked as Chef in places such as the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Radisson Hotel Lincolnwood, and Edgewood Valley Country Club. Currently he is a Chef Instructor at the International Culinary School at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. He is also the Managing Partner/Owner of The Grey Plume in Omaha, Nebraska, along with chef Clayton Chapman. TGP serves seasonally driven, locally sourced food, and is one of the Greenest Restaurants in America, according to the Green Restaurant Association, being the ONLY 4-Star Sustainabuild concept in the WORLD!

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