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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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Two hundred jars of hyper local honey gifted to OPRF Food Pantry more

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Enjoy an easy breakfast-for-dinner inspired salad at your family table more

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Judges name winner of the Oak Park Farmers Market second annual pie bake-off more

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Rose's Fish Fry at the Riverside VFW provides a social outlet for the community and preserves a time honored tradition more

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Celebrate National Cuban Sandwich Day with this classic combination more

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Insider tips for navigating the 8/25 farmers market more

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Peak season peaches (and happiness) fill pies at the Harrison Street shop. more

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An exploding watermelon serves as an inspiration for a soothing seasonal cocktail more

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Today is National Filet Mignon Day and this fancy recipe will have you celebrating in style. more

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Insider tips for navigating the 8/11 farmers market more

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The children at Oak Park's Day Nursery have been enjoying home-cooking for more than 100 years. more

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The Marion Street restaurant shares their approach to feeding Oak Park more

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These flavorful sandwiches bring big flavor with little effort. more

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Insider tips for navigating the 8/4 farmers market. more

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Celebrate National Sandwich Month by adding these easy-breezy sandwiches to your back-to-school meal rotation. more

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Somewhere along the line soft pretzels became synonymous with malls more than anything else. more

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Insider tips for navigating the 9/15 farmers market more

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Melissa Elsmo

Two hundred jars of hyper local honey gifted to OPRF Food Pantry more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Enjoy an easy breakfast-for-dinner inspired salad at your family table more

Blogs

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Alexa Rogals

Judges name winner of the Oak Park Farmers Market second annual pie bake-off more

Blogs

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Skibbe Farm via OPFM

Insider tips for navigating the 9/1 farmers market more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Rose's Fish Fry at the Riverside VFW provides a social outlet for the community and preserves a time honored tradition more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Celebrate National Cuban Sandwich Day with this classic combination more

Blogs

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via OPFM

Insider tips for navigating the 8/25 farmers market more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Peak season peaches (and happiness) fill pies at the Harrison Street shop. more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

An exploding watermelon serves as an inspiration for a soothing seasonal cocktail more

Recipes

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Melissa Elsmo

Today is National Filet Mignon Day and this fancy recipe will have you celebrating in style. more

Blogs

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via OPFM

Insider tips for navigating the 8/11 farmers market more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

The children at Oak Park's Day Nursery have been enjoying home-cooking for more than 100 years. more

Blogs

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Via Léa French Street Food

The Marion Street restaurant shares their approach to feeding Oak Park more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

These flavorful sandwiches bring big flavor with little effort. more

Recipes

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via OPFM

Insider tips for navigating the 8/4 farmers market. more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Celebrate National Sandwich Month by adding these easy-breezy sandwiches to your back-to-school meal rotation. more

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Celebrate bagelfest with homemade bagels and veggie enhanced cream cheese. more

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