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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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Via Sugar Beet

Food co-op hosts an off-season European farmers market for hungry community members Read more

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via Mora Asian Kitchen

Expanded Sunday hours and brunch fare available in the Oak Park Ats District Read more

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Oak Park mom and business-owner seeks to turn a passion for health and wellness soup into a brothy business. Read more

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Gaze into the culinary crystal ball Read more

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A retrospective of 12 delicious dishes Read more

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Add this healthy meal to your family dinner repertoire in the new year Read more

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Mix-and-match your way through a sub shop soup freezer Read more

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These savory-sweet morsels have subtle Indian flavors to bring flair to your holiday affair Read more

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Check out all twelve prizes in our unique holiday contest and enter before it is too late! Read more

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A Scandinavian combination of meatballs, potatoes, and lingonberries will encourage guests to linger at the holiday table. Read more

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Sweet Cherry and Brown Sugar Brisket

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As an impressionable teenager I was an avid babysitter and one of my favorite families would invite me to participate in their annual Hanukkah celebration. Read more

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Make the most of your waning Thanksgiving leftovers with this recipe Read more

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These cozy turkey and cranberry sandwiches are served with side of food safety tips Read more

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This hot dish is the ideal way to use up an array of Thanksgiving leftovers Read more

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Little Bitty Productions

Elementary school supporters "Beye-In" to enjoy a memorable vegetarian meal Read more

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Fun, learning, and cheese crackers are on the menu for pint-sized chefs Read more

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Instructions to create a delicious turkey platter to share with your loved ones. Read more

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Welcome the holiday season with a cocktail made from fresh cranberry sauce, orange and rosemary Read more

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A quartet of stuffing recipes create options for your holiday table Read more

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Via Sugar Beet

Food co-op hosts an off-season European farmers market for hungry community members Read more

Blogs

50250798_588474948267258_4330137907013615616_o.jpg

via Mora Asian Kitchen

Expanded Sunday hours and brunch fare available in the Oak Park Ats District Read more

Blogs

Stay tuned for more opportunities to take a class at their Harrison Street space Read more

Blogs

Oak Park mom and business-owner seeks to turn a passion for health and wellness soup into a brothy business. Read more

Blogs

Gaze into the culinary crystal ball Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

A retrospective of 12 delicious dishes Read more

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Believed to cure nasty hangovers, the enduring Bloody Mary cocktail made its debut in the early 1920’s. Read more

Recipes

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Melissa Elsmo

Add this healthy meal to your family dinner repertoire in the new year Read more

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USA Today names local pie shop among the best in the nation Read more

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Melissa Elsmo

Mix-and-match your way through a sub shop soup freezer Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

These savory-sweet morsels have subtle Indian flavors to bring flair to your holiday affair Read more

Blogs

Check out all twelve prizes in our unique holiday contest and enter before it is too late! Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

A Scandinavian combination of meatballs, potatoes, and lingonberries will encourage guests to linger at the holiday table. Read more

Blogs

Sweet Cherry and Brown Sugar Brisket

Melissa Elsmo

As an impressionable teenager I was an avid babysitter and one of my favorite families would invite me to participate in their annual Hanukkah celebration. Read more

Blogs

DSC_0023.jpeg

Melissa Elsmo

Make the most of your waning Thanksgiving leftovers with this recipe Read more

Recipes

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Melissa Elsmo

These cozy turkey and cranberry sandwiches are served with side of food safety tips Read more

Recipes

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Melissa Elsmo

This hot dish is the ideal way to use up an array of Thanksgiving leftovers Read more

Recipes

edits-5.jpg

Little Bitty Productions

Elementary school supporters "Beye-In" to enjoy a memorable vegetarian meal Read more

Blogs

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Melissa Elsmo

Fun, learning, and cheese crackers are on the menu for pint-sized chefs Read more

Blogs