Community

Egg Harbor Café restaurants are actively involved in our communities, hosting charity events, volunteering and donating gift certificates to local schools, park districts, religious institutions and nonprofit organizations. In addition, we are committed to partnering with socially responsible, locally-resourced companies, including Intelligentsia Coffee, Jones Dairy Farm, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice, Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery. Deneen Pottery, Pure Water Technology and Vital Food Service.

Pay It Forward

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A Day in the Life of Scarlett

It is Scarlett’s fifth birthday and she is enjoying lunch with her mom Rachel Sepe and their friend Amanda Konopka at Egg Harbor Café in Barrington. Wearing a pink paper crown, Scarlett’s eyes sparkle as she opens a gift (a soft toy puppy she promptly names Clarice) and describes the activities for her upcoming birthday party. When a server arrives, Scarlett orders her favorite meal: fruit and Harbor potatoes, with lots of ketchup.

Scarlett’s vegan diet boosts her health. Four years ago, Scarlett was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a genetic motor neuron condition that causes muscle weakness in the arms and legs of children.

Sitting next to Scarlett, Rachel grazes on a Door County Chicken Salad and watches her daughter lift potatoes and fruit with light plastic utensils. Rachel is friendly, articulate and open as she describes life with SMA. Patients with SMA typically lose muscle function over time, she explains. Although Scarlett is highly intelligent, her muscles are very weak and she uses a small motorized wheelchair for mobility. Twice-daily respiratory treatments and regular physical and occupational therapies help Scarlett to live a full, active life. Although this regimen is physically demanding, Rachel celebrates Scarlett’s successes, hoping and working for her long-term well-being while acknowledging, “The hardest part of SMA is not knowing.”

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Of Happiness and Healing

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Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Niche

Several years back when Egg Harbor Café wanted to expand our gluten free menu to include breakfast favorites like pancakes and cinnamon rolls, we turned to Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery in Hinsdale, IL.  Sweet Ali’s blends finely textured flours made with rice and tapioca to create tender, flavorful pancakes and rich, gooey cinnamon rolls. Now a popular addition to the menu, Sweet Ali’s Bakery gives our gluten free guests’ more safe and delicious breakfast options than ever.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  For the 10 million Americans with celiac disease, gluten causes an uncomfortable immune reaction that damages the small intestine. The treatment for celiac disease is a gluten free diet, something which Sweet Ali’s Bakery owner Ali Graeme understands personally. In 2007, Ali and her son were diagnosed with celiac disease and told that they would need to give up their favorite baked goods to find healing.

Approaching the challenge of her family’s gluten intolerance with characteristic energy and skill, Ali began researching specialty flours and baking many batches of gluten free cookies, cupcakes, brownies and breads. “From the beginning, I wanted to bake foods that my son can eat, and that my daughter who is not gluten sensitive wants to eat. I wanted everyone to enjoy eating together.” Ali’s flavor mixes earned distinction. Taste testing her sweets with friends and family, at soccer games and birthday parties, Ali refined recipes and garnered wide approval before opening Sweet Ali’s Bakery in 2009. The community embraced the new bakery, and a new location is scheduled to open in Glenview early this summer. As the bakery grows, Ali finds joy in the customers, friends and family who come in to enjoy beautiful and tasty treats while they also share their stories, discuss new products and learn from each other.

Since breakfast is often the hardest meal for gluten free people to enjoy with friends, Sweet Ali’s gluten free pancakes and cinnamon rolls are an ideal match for Egg Harbor Café.  Gluten free guests visit often, and bring their family and friends, confident that this is a safe harbor for their dietary needs with many satisfying choices to keep them smiling.

Zapps Bread: a Delicious, Healthy Boost

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Zapp’s Delicious, Good Carb Bread

Luis Zapp began developing his artisan bread baking process when his father Jorge Zapp, an award-winning scientist, created a healthy bread after being diagnosed with diabetes. Luis patented a unique flavor-infusion baking process for amazing taste and aroma that appeals to discriminating foodies as well as health conscious diners. Here are five great reasons to give Zapp’s bread a try next time you visit Egg Harbor Cafe.

  1. Bursting with Flavor

Combining a cutting edge flavor-infusion baking process with the finest ancient grains, Zapp’s Good Carb bread bursts with flavor. Try Egg Harbor Café’s popular Start Smart featuring Zapp’s Dancing Grains bread topped with scrambled eggs, creamy avocado, fresh tomato and low-fat Mozzarella. For a flavorful change of pace, ask to substitute Zapp’s Dancing Grains as a stone-milled alternative to an English muffin.

  1. Stabilizing comfort

Zapp’s whole grain, robustly textured bread digests slowly, over six to eight hours, to stabilize your blood sugar and energize your day. Zapp’s Good Carb bread is certified low glycemic and diabetic friendly by the Glycemic Research Institute.

  1. The Good Carb Lifestyle

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Healthy Lifestyle EHC

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Here are four great reasons why Egg Harbor Café is the perfect breakfast and lunch restaurant to support your healthy lifestyle:

 1. Healthy, Certified Humane Eggs

In November 2015, Egg Harbor Café began sourcing 100% of our eggs from barn-living hens who have daytime access to roam outdoors. Our certified-humane, free range hens are fed a high quality, vegetarian diet containing no antibiotics or hormones.  We are thrilled to partner with Vital Food Service to support the farms raising free-range hens and to provide our guests large, premium brown eggs and white eggs with rich yellow yolks for great taste and nutrition. Egg Harbor Café’s popular, nutrition-dense egg dishes include:

Joe’s Healthy Scrambler

Gourmet turkey sausage, mushroom, fresh leaf spinach and roasted onion scrambled into three no-cholesterol eggs topped with low-fat Mozzarella cheese. Served with fresh fruit and a wheat English muffin

Veggie Power Skillet

Diced sweet potatoes loaded with broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, avocado, and black beans. Topped with Mozzarella cheese and two scrambled no-cholesterol eggs. Served with a wheat English muffin

Dynamite Veggie White Omelette

Egg whites with fresh spinach, red and green peppers and mushroom topped with salsa and melted low-fat Mozzarella. Served with fresh fruit and a wheat English muffin

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2. “A Little Lighter” Menu

Active, health-conscious Egg Harbor Café guests will always find satisfying, nutritious choices in our ever-evolving “A Little Lighter” menu section.

 Start Smart

Original ancient grain and flaxseed good carb bread, topped with scrambled eggs, creamy avocado, fresh tomato and low-fat Mozzarella. Served with two slices of turkey bacon and sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon.  The Start Smart features Zapp’s Dancing Grains good carb bread, “a new concept in baked products that will not only surprise your senses, but will also help enhance your health.” Zapps Dancing Grains bread is certified low glycemic and diabetic friendly.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Red and white quinoa warmed in almond milk, super food goji berries, dried blueberries, pistachios, and apple cinnamon chunks mixed with chia, hemp, and sunflower seeds. Served with plain Greek yogurt and a side of honey.

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Celebrating 30 Years

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The first Egg Harbor Cafe opened in Hinsdale 30 years ago today! On Monday, December 28, help celebrate our anniversary in all 19 locations with 1985 prices on a special limited menu. Thank you to all our guests for making this anniversary possible!

EHC Trivia… Did You Know?

30 years ago, only one substitution was allowed: tomatoes could be substituted for potatoes. Today we are known for “customerization.”

30 years ago, eggceptionals were one of the most popular entrees, served with basted eggs. They are still popular today, but now you choose your egg style.

30 years ago, three of our most popular entrees were not even on the menu! Can you guess what they were? (soup, oatmeal and chicken salad)

30 years ago, we partnered with a small produce purveyor that we still use today. Geno from Get Fresh Produce has grown along with Egg Harbor Cafe.

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