I 1st had rugalagh at the Java Jive Cafe on School St. just west of Clark. It's a Jewish pastry, cream cheese pie crust wrapped around a rich combination of apricot jam, raisins, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. I loved them, and they're best when hot out of the oven. When I have a larger kitchen, I'd like to sell them unbaked, frozen, so that my guests can bake them at home for their guests. I use to do this for my good friend Mari Foreman, who lived close by at the Edgewater Beach Apartment Building. I'd deliver them to her home and we'd sit and talk in the gorgeous lobby there. She said she loved having them in her freezer ready to bake so when guests dropped by, she could just pop them in the oven and fill her home with the scent of fresh baked rugalagh. ... See MoreSee Less
Gwen Berndt SojdeliusOh my gosh, yes. I love these and would buy them frozen. Not sure they would last long enough for guests to get to eat them, but my hubby and I would have fresh, warm rugalagh on a regular basis.22 hours ago
Our manager, Ryan Lawler, started his own business, RL Balloons, specializing in balloon installations and even making balloon "dresses". This is a sample of his brilliant work and creativity. Is there anything this man can't do?!
He made these lovlies for an event called Illumination on behalf of the South Loop Alliance Saturday Night. Looks like such fun! ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everyone for sharing their encouragement and support on this idea. What happened was, someone who lives in the EBA came by A Taste of Heaven and said "We really need you in our building!" I hear that sort of thing pretty often. Apparently ATOH is also needed in Cambridge, Anchorage, Alaska, Minneapolis, Glacier Montana, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Highwood, Arlington Heights, Brooklyn, Peoria, Detroit, Denver, Miami, Oak Park, Glenview, Madison, etc.
But this woman, Janet, was very persuasive, and I went to take a look.
With each of the places I've lived as an adult, and with both locations that ATOH has inhabited so far, I knew I was "home" the minute the landlord or agent opened the door. Each time, it was like that scene in "The Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy's home lands with a plop over the rainbow, and she opens the door, and her world goes from sepia and brown to technicolor. That's how I felt when I looked at the old Anna Held space in the EBA. It really felt inevitable. It's not done-deal; there's still a lot of obstacles to face, and it's very possible it won't come to fruition. But I wanted to check with all of you to see what you thought. Wish me luck! Every time I think of that location, or go to look at it, my heart skips a beat! Now, if I can only find a man who makes me feel that way........... ... See MoreSee Less
Seth PerlJust remember,when it was a flower shop, she had online business. Without parking available, this location is a destination spot. I'd suggest a location with a high volume of foot traffic. At least sit in front of the place and count the foot traffic. Location, location, location.5 days ago · 3
Paula EvansFollow your heart and your passion. Life is so much better when we don't live at the intersection of What and If!5 days ago · 1
Adam GertsacovAs far as density-- there are those giant highrises two blocks away. There must be more than 15,000 people in a quarter mile radius. I think that from a walkability factor you will be okay. That will make 4 cafes on the Bryn Mawr block between Sheridan & Broadway: Zanzibar, Starbucks, Phlour, and you. (not to mention places where you could get a coffee: Dunkin' Donuts, Nookies, Francesca's, That Mexican Cafe, and probably a couple of other places. I think you are significantly differentiated from those. (But obviously, that's your call)2 days ago
Charlotte LytleMay I work with/for you! My husband and I always imagined opening an ice-cream parlor. It's one of our favorite buildings in Edgewater. Hopefully you were able to catch the exhibit at the Edgewater Historical Society.3 days ago
Emily SammonI always loved that location too! If you go a little more cafe in the design and offerings for the daytime you could get a lot of Loyola kids (who don't need parking space!). I am sure they like cake as much as anyone.4 days ago
Scott ReichelsdorfI have loved both your spaces. I love the oldAnna I Held space very much. Got many a chocolate malt , when Beth. Was there. Also it's only a block and a half away from where I live. Ha ha !5 days ago
Tom DeFlippoLocation, location, location is what they say 🤔. Dan it's your passion and vision that makes ATOH. If you have vision and it re-sparks your passion for what you do best then go for it. YOU will make sure it's a success! I support you...5 days ago
Robert Laskovwe have been going to Taste of Heaven since you were on Foster... We live on Sheridan Rd. It would be a great addition to the neigborhood .. , and an instant success ..Hope it works out for you and edgwwater...there are so many people living in the highrises all around the edegewater beach in need of an affordable great eatery.3 days ago
Larry AxelrodI live two buildings away!! I'll still need to come over to Clark St for the outdoor space, though...5 days ago
Adolfo SesmaI think it's a fantastic idea. I live in rogers park. It would be easier to get to and I'm sure you would be very popular.2 days ago
Judy Voigt FoleyThis is such good news for the neighborhood as A Taste of Heaven Bakery and Cafe is a favorite of my entire family. Congratulations and we look forward to your grand opening in EBA!2 days ago
Vanessa Parks-FellAs long as you keep your current location, I say go for it. I wish you were in Lake Geneva Wi. Also. Best of luck!5 days ago