As two young professionals working in Chicago, we struggled to find simply prepared, wholesome and nutritious meals that tasted good. So, instead of spending money on mediocre “healthy” options, we packed our own lunches and quickly bonded over our shared love for well-prepared but not over-involved food. Food made with real ingredients and mostly vegetables (always seasonal).
Today we 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 us together all those years ago – food that was not just healthy but truly satisfying and of course, delicious.
When we’re not at FARE you’ll find us at the farmers market, in the kitchen trying new recipes or gathering friends around the dinner table. For us, eating well has always meant living well, which is exactly why we’ll never stop creating our Best Food for Better Days.
THE FARE PROMISE
No Tricky Oils
Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are the only oils you’ll find in our kitchen.
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 like miso, tahini and vinegar come in a package.
No Refined Sugars
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.
FARE sources everything seasonally and loves working with farms and small businesses.
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. We served 125,000lbs of produce last year and roughly 50% of the produce we served was local.
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
Mick Klug - St. Joseph, MI
Blueberries, Peaches, Asparagus, Apples
Nichols - Marengo, IL
Blueberries, Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Squash
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.