“A devoted lot of foodies”
Located at 3025 W. Diversey in Logan Square, Cellar Door Provisions seats 20, serves lunch four days a week and does occasional single seating, reservation-only dinners for 20. The spirit is collaborative as can be – that of a collective, really – as is the food, coming almost entirely from local farmers whom we know personally (one of our wheat farmers trades us flour for bread) or from our garden across the street. Inspired as much by the Siberian Lavender plant in Tony’s garden as we are by the likes of Elizabeth David, Edward Harris Heth, Michel Bras, Tartine, Alice Waters, and Magnus Nilsson, our food is focused on simple and light preparations of vegetables sensibly supplemented with some of the best local meats. Cooking for us is all encompassing, engages all of the senses, starts from the very basics of making your own vinegar and leaven, and above all is first and foremost about people, their well-being, and their being in the good company of each other. There is a food cooperative in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. It’s a tiny store, but the produce is outstanding and the collective vibe is really something. Chatting in the aisles of the Dill Pickle, the four started thinking: what if we made some bread together, did some dinners together, and what if we really did it together, collaboratively as a group, and took the time to make the food we serve up something worth gathering around. Cooking, as we all know, has much to do with timing, getting the elements of a dish to the plate at just the right moment. But what makes that timing possible is really time, in the sense of duration. Given time, flour and water become yeast for bread, pastry – even for mushrooms; apples become vinegar for dressings, pickles, and brightening dishes; tomato seeds become fruit, a meal all their own. When we give ingredients time, we as cooks, bakers, and farmers become more shepherd than engineer, and we as eaters regain the sense that food is fundamental, that it is what sustains life. Given time, food can really be something worth gathering around, with friends, family, neighbors, visitors, co-workers. And gathering in that way can really be something: organic, vital, truly warm and heartening – fulfilling.
This new Logan Square bakery has the best simple country loaf we've found in the city. Natural yeast gives it extra tang.
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Cellar Door Provisions
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