Our StoryThe Village Gourmet is a family operated Cafe & Catering facility located in the heart of downtown Clarendon Hills, IL. In September of 2008, Wendy & Michael Howe, both professionally trained chefs with over 60 years' combined experience, took ownership.
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A Family of Chefs
The owners, Wendy & Michael Howe, are both professionally trained chefs with over 60 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 (often her claim to fame as they are to die for), as well as other sweets & treats!
Village Gourmet has always been a family business, but the newest additions to the team, Wendy and Michael’s son Mike and daughter Kelly are now at the core of the operation as well. Mike has his BS in Culinary Management and Kelly has a Diploma in Baking & Pastry, a true “family of Chefs.”
MAKE YOUR EVENT A CULINARY DELIGHT
When you choose Village Gourmet - Cafe & Catering, we will work with you one on one. We take pride in giving all of our loyal customers our full attention when we help you plan your special event. You will work directly with the people preparing your food. We put our heart and soul into every event we plan and every meal we make. Many catering restaurants may set you up with a catering manager who doesn’t prepare the food. We’ve found the best way to create great relationships is to be as hands on as possible. We are more than happy to prepare items that are not on the menu, it keeps our jobs interesting! If there is something creative you want to try, something you’ve seen on one of our past menus, or you have a favorite family recipe, let us know, our incredible, dedicated staff will make it happen.
Come See Us Today
With over 60 years of combined experience, we know how to satisfy just about every palette out there. We take pride in being a truly family owned business. We cook with passion and we absolutely love what we do. A satisfied customer is one that leaves with a smile on their face and delectable food in their stomach. Dine with us, order take out, or serve dozens of customers from the comfort of your own home or event space.
The Village Gourmet is a family operated Cafe & Catering facility located in the heart of downtown Clarendon Hills, Illinois.
The new owners since September 2008, Wendy & Michael Howe, are both professionally trained chefs, with over 60 years combined experience. Their kids, Mike and Kelly, are both trained chefs who are now working at the cafe as well. A truly family owned and operated business.
What We Do
Daily, we prepare freshly made, market inspired soups, salads, and artisan sandwiches (featuring Boar's Head Brand Premium Meats & Cheeses with fresh-baked breads from Highland Baking Company). In addition, freshly prepared home-style entrees & side dishes (both fresh & frozen), gourmet hors d'oeuvres & appetizers, as well as house-brined all-natural Amish rotisserie chickens. There is also a selection of Gluten Free items for your enjoyment! Wendy and Kelly bake from-scratch cookies, muffins, peanut butter bars (to DIE for), as well as other sweets & treats.
We also provide a full-service catering menu which is updated frequently for all your event needs from small intimate gatherings to large business or social functions. What is unique about our catering operation is that we can truly customize the menu around your needs. We have experience in creating special menus for many types of special events. We can either prepare the items fully cooked, hot & ready for pick-up or delivery, ready to serve, or we can prepare the items for you bake at home. We actually encourage our customers to supply their own platters or baking dishes for us to put the items into for holiday catering so they can cook and serve in their own dishes. This has been a major success.