FARE was founded by two food and beverage colleagues who bonded over their shared appetite for well-prepared but not over-involved lunches. Between spreadsheets and marketing tasks at a prominent Chicago steakhouse, the two would share their homemade creations – simple meals made with healthy and hearty ingredients.
Soon their friends caught on, and begged for them to undertake a few catering favors on the side. Before long, they’d left the steakhouse for farmers markets where they became darlings of the prepared food contingent and earned their first regulars.
Today Britni and Kasia operate FARE, a dine-in and takeaway spot, in multiple Chicagoland locations along with a wholesale prepared foods line. The restaurant specializes in what brought the two friends together – truly satisfying food that doesn’t cut corners. And you’re in luck – they still cater.
No Tricky Oils
Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are the only oils you’ll find in our kitchen. We avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils and other refined or processed oils.
Seasonal or Bust
Ingredients taste the best when they’re picked fresh. That’s a fact. So that’s why you’ll never catch us serving peaches in December.
Only a handful of our kitchen staples come in a package and we think very carefully about when that’s acceptable. For us, that’s miso, tahini or vinegars that we let others make for us.
No Refined Sugars
There is no nutritional value in refined sugars, so we’d never add them to any of our recipes. We still find plenty of ways to play up natural sweetness.
99% Made from Scratch
We love getting whole foods and prepping them for you daily. We chop, roast and mix up every menu item for you in the morning and throughout the day because fresh matters.
We make this food because we love this food! Eating seasonally and healthily (and bringing others along on that journey) is so much easier when you’re excited about each forkful.
We are committed to exceptionally prepared meals, served quickly with a smile. Our customers are our community and our community is our world. We lead with care, knowledge and passion for healthy food, the environment and each other.
You’ll find us making eco-friendly, farmer-friendly and sustainable decisions as often as possible and you can trust us to be transparent about ingredients, allergens and dietary details for your safety.
Welcome! We can’t wait to serve you.
FARE sources everything seasonally and loves working with farms and small businesses.
We served 125,000lbs of produce last year and 45-60% of the produce we served was local.
Many of our farmers avoid pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones and antibiotics so that we can bring you healthy, organic food.
Here’s a sampling of who made the menu possible:
Skibbe Farms - Benton Harbor, MI
JJ Dill - Union, IL
Watermelon Radish, Beets
Grajauski Farms - Sodus, MI
Blueberries, Peaches, Asparagus, Apples
Blueberries, Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Squash