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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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Three burger joints in our Oak Park Eats community earned spots on a list of the 20 best suburban burgers Read more

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Generations of Golden Steer customers gathered to honor the milestone anniversary Read more

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Mother-daughter duo takes home top honors at the Oak Park Farmers Market Read more

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This quick appetizer makes the most of mushroom season Read more

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Honor National Cheese Pizza Day with a local slice Read more

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Lorena Baylon is the first female cook at the 13 year old Forest Park BBQ joint Read more

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Roosevelt Road shop serves up Thai rolled ice cream Read more

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Celebrate tomato season in true Italian style with this summer salad Read more

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Lunch specials are on the menu at the Roosevelt Road mainstay Read more

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Check out 12 recent posts shared with Oak Park Eats on Instagram Read more

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Family recipes and a personal touch are key ingredients at Elmwood Park pizzeria Read more

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Anticipation for Oak Park's East Coast bagel shop continues to build Read more

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The River Forest crew is bringing a Korean smash burger to the Oak Park Micro Brew Review Read more

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The 2019 festival will be held at Central Park on 75th Avenue and Fullerton from August 8th-11th. Read more

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Celebrate National Pickle Month with a batch of refrigerator pickles Read more

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No-sauce ribs, brisket, pulled pork star at Forest Park eatery Read more

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Small batch bakery offers Community Supported Bread (CSB) subscriptions Read more

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DJ Khaled's new restaurant, in Austin, is his first outside of Florida Read more

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Eastgate Café hosts former residents for their anniversary celebration Read more

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A recipe for a lesser-known regional snack food Read more

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Nick Kindelsperger/Chicago Tribune

Three burger joints in our Oak Park Eats community earned spots on a list of the 20 best suburban burgers Read more

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Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer

Generations of Golden Steer customers gathered to honor the milestone anniversary Read more

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Eat pie to help the Bahamas, order dinner to help Housing Forward, and celebrate Oktoberfest in Riverside Read more

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via Seph's Sweets

Seph's Sweets in Elmwood Park delivers desserts and more Read more

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via Dina Ross

Mother-daughter duo takes home top honors at the Oak Park Farmers Market Read more

News

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Melissa Elsmo

This quick appetizer makes the most of mushroom season Read more

Recipes

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Honor National Cheese Pizza Day with a local slice Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Lorena Baylon is the first female cook at the 13 year old Forest Park BBQ joint Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Roosevelt Road shop serves up Thai rolled ice cream Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Celebrate tomato season in true Italian style with this summer salad Read more

Recipes

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Melissa Elsmo

Lunch specials are on the menu at the Roosevelt Road mainstay Read more

Blogs

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via Instagram

Check out 12 recent posts shared with Oak Park Eats on Instagram Read more

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Melissa Elsmo

Family recipes and a personal touch are key ingredients at Elmwood Park pizzeria Read more

Elmwood Park

Local restaurants demonstrated commitment to eliminate single use plastics Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

The River Forest crew is bringing a Korean smash burger to the Oak Park Micro Brew Review Read more

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via TofEP

The 2019 festival will be held at Central Park on 75th Avenue and Fullerton from August 8th-11th. Read more

Elmwood Park

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Melissa Elsmo

Celebrate National Pickle Month with a batch of refrigerator pickles Read more

Recipes

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Jacob DeHart

The Heritage in Forest Park is offering a cocktail to honor the day Read more

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Jaquinete Baldwin

No-sauce ribs, brisket, pulled pork star at Forest Park eatery Read more

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Jacquinete Baldwin

DJ Khaled's new restaurant, in Austin, is his first outside of Florida Read more

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