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Melissa Elsmo

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Melissa Elsmo makes you believe you can enjoy every meal just as she does: fully and enthusiastically. A trained chef and ardent foodie, Mel’s passion for a good meal peppers her life. 

She is a regular food columnist/food photographer for The Wednesday Journal (serving Oak Park, Riverside-Brookfield, River Forest, Forest Park, and the west-side of Chicago) and serves as chef/recipe developer/food writer on the inaugural team of print and video journalists in the process of building Oak Park Eats, a comprehensive dining vertical serving the aforementioned communities.  

As part of Chicago’s supper club scene, she creates intimate, 12-course dining experiences featuring her own recipes and artful approach to plating. Guests currently wait patiently for a seat around her table, but savvy food lovers can locate her at pop-up events around the city. 

Additionally, Mel is an 18-year Oak Park resident and a passionate volunteer. She frequently uses her kitchen talents to assist local philanthropic organizations (including The Day Nursery, The Oak Park Regional Housing Center and The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust)  with their fundraising efforts. 

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New green and grain focused chain set to open on Lake Street in Oak Park Read more

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The scene at Mulata Kitchen and Coffee feels “regular-worthy” to me Read more

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Celebrate National Soup Day on February 4th in River Forest Read more

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Nine years on Elmwood Park’s Restaurant Row Read more

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UPDATED: As owners step back Kettlestrings Kitchen and Tap headed for Oak Park Ave. space Read more

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Oak Park newcomer serves authentic Greek cuisine Read more

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Chef will miss the close-knit community and familiar faces Read more

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Martha and Pablo Zavala bring a bit of Mexico Read more

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A retrospective of 12 delicious dishes Read more

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Jim and Pete's, an Elmwood Park classic, serves up traditional Italian fare Read more

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Al Mancini 'all-in' on new solo restaurant venture Read more

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Deli-inspired sandwich collaboration will make the most of turkey on 12/7 in Forest Park Read more

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio to host open house and food drive Read more

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Sugar Beet Schoolhouse opened its door last weekend to host an artisan market Read more

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Celebrate the season with local chefs, artists, educators and makers Read more

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From classic to creative the Elmwood Park Burger joint offers a patty for every preference Read more

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Six-ingredient recipes to fill your holiday table Read more

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Pig & Fire to host Kamayan Fest at Lantern Haus Read more

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These nachos are a meal unto themselves Read more

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Melissa Elsmo

New green and grain focused chain set to open on Lake Street in Oak Park Read more

News

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Melissa Elsmo

The scene at Mulata Kitchen and Coffee feels “regular-worthy” to me Read more

Blogs

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via Inari

Nine years on Elmwood Park’s Restaurant Row Read more

Elmwood Park

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Alex Rogals

UPDATED: As owners step back Kettlestrings Kitchen and Tap headed for Oak Park Ave. space Read more

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Gaze into the culinary crystal ball... Read more

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Chef will miss the close-knit community and familiar faces Read more

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Martha and Pablo Zavala bring a bit of Mexico Read more

News

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OPE

A retrospective of 12 delicious dishes Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Al Mancini 'all-in' on new solo restaurant venture Read more

News

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Via FLT

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio to host open house and food drive Read more

News

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Melissa Elsmo

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse opened its door last weekend to host an artisan market Read more

Blogs

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via Pork and Mindy's

News

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via Sugar Beet

Celebrate the season with local chefs, artists, educators and makers Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

From classic to creative the Elmwood Park Burger joint offers a patty for every preference Read more

Elmwood Park

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Melissa Elsmo

Six-ingredient recipes to fill your holiday table Read more

Recipes

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via Pig and Fire

Pig & Fire to host Kamayan Fest at Lantern Haus Read more

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Hyper local samosas made a Disney dream come true Read more

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Bring a fright fest to your dinner plate this Halloween Read more

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Turn your home kitchen into a libation laboratory on Hallween Read more

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Bring some Hitchcock inspired drama to your Halloween dinner plate Read more

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