About Us

Based in Chicago's North Shore, we have been providing the highest quality gourmet foods and services to discerning Chicagoland shoppers for over 30 years. With four locations, full-service catering and online shopping, we are conveniently located for all your gourmet food needs.

Foodstuffs specializes in providing our customers with uncompromised top quality prepared foods; including homemade appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, sauces, breads and pastries. Our customers will also find fine pates and cheeses, fresh seafood, quality meats, custom made sandwiches, build your own salads and unique shelf products.

Our courteous and knowledgeable staff is trained to help you with any questions you may have about our products and services. We look forward to helping to make your daily routine special and your special events memorable!

Our Story

Modeled after the European Market shopping concept, Foodstuffs opened its first store in Glencoe, Illinois in 1979. By showcasing the finest cheeses, chocolates, wines, breads and pastries in dramatic display cases managed by a caring and knowledgeable staff, gourmet food shopping has been made both exciting and accessible. With our ability to provide unique culinary ingredients in step with the new wave of imaginative cooking trends Foodstuffs quickly gained in popularity.

The Glencoe store originally was designed to feature guest chefs and cooking instructors who demonstrated their progressive cooking techniques and styles. While this trend was short-lived, customers had now become accustomed to a wide range of tastes and cuisine. To meet this new customer demand, our chefs began creating daily menus, offering entrees, salads and side dishes with both the flavors and fresh ingredients our customers desired. As an enhancement to our customer focus, our chefs created additional special seasonal menus for holidays and other special occasions. With the growing acceptance of the specialty food business, Foodstuffs now offers a wide range of packaged, ethnic and regional foods/products.

Duplicating the style, products and services of the successful Glencoe store, Foodstuffs opened its second location in Evanston, Illinois in July, 1988. In response to the increasing volume of food production, we built a central commissary behind the retail store. Additional office space completed the Evanston expansion. In July, 1997 Foodstuffs opened a third store in Glenview and in July of 1999, Foodstuffs opened in Lake Forest.

Since 1979, Foodstuffs has been the forerunner in dining trends and has aggressively responded to changing times. Recognizing the shifts towards health and fitness, we developed Low Carb and Low Fat recipes. Though Foodstuffs is not a health food store, we continue to strive to create foods that are both healthy and delicious.

Foodstuffs will always watch closely the shifts in consumer preference, continue to be a leader in the market place and excel in product and service.

Our five-star Catering Department, noted as the Best in the North Shore by North Shore Magazine, has been creating perfect occasions for over 20 years. Our expert catering directors can design your unique event including professional and courteous staff of chefs, servers and bartenders; beautiful linens, polished rentals, floral arrangements and everything you need to "Be a Guest at Your Own Party".

Our Corporate Catering events include casual business meetings for breakfast, lunch and dinner, company picnics, barbeques and lavish holiday parties. We offer a wide variety of menus for every occasion. For the working lunch we can provide gourmet meals or for entertaining your most important client, an abundant buffet with both hot and cold items. Our company barbeques will please all of the office families with our Hot Off the Grill menus, bouncy houses, face painters, petting zoos and more! We can create your facility into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Our company holiday parties are the answer to congratulating your staff for another year well done.

Foodstuffs Catering has perfected the art of gourmet concessions, perfect for any trade show and various events. We are often the featured vendors for the Merchandise Mart, outdoor art festivals and the American Craft Exposition. Foodstuffs is a great solution for your next show when you want something healthy and delicious, as an alternative to traditional fast food.

Our catering directors are experts at creating the wedding of your dreams! We have planned exquisite Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Anniversary Parties, Birthdays and more. From our unique passed and stationary appetizers to sweet endings and chocolate fountains, we can tailor your special event to meet your every need. Contact our catering department at catering@foodstuffs.com for more information and sit back, relax and "Be A Guest at Your Own Party."

Enjoy Foodstuffs anywhere in the United States! Our online store offers a wide variety of gift baskets, fresh baked treats, and gift cards...perfect for the holiday season, your favorite college student, friends or a loved one in need of Foodstuffs Gourmet foods.