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At Egg Harbor Café, we love to connect with our guests. We think of you as friends and family! Welcome to our blog, where we invite you to connect with us any time!.

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In line with our longtime commitment to partner with small, local businesses, we are excited to join with small roaster Big Shoulders in an impactful partnership. Big Shoulders Coffee is a Chicago-based, artisan roaster started by master chef Tim Coonan in 2010. In the past decade, they have risen to the top of the coffee-house field while still retaining the quality and service of a small batch roaster. This year, their fresh roasted coffee was awarded "Best Coffee in Illinois 2019" by Food & Wine.

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Congratulations and thanks to John Sasso, general manager at the Elmhurst location, who celebrates 20 years of dedicated service at Egg Harbor Café on April 22, 2019. It is a privilege to know and work with John. He is widely loved and admired for his skillful leadership, generous spirit and attention to detail. His care and commitment to guests and fellow employees have left an indelible mark in the restaurants where he has served – Hinsdale (for 14 years), Arlington Heights, The Glen, and for the past four years, Elmhurst.

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Over the past months, John has been fighting Parkinson’s disease – and winning! With his trademark positivity and a combination of medicine, daily workouts, and strong support from co-workers, friends and family, John is making amazing strides and living his best life. He is happy to be working full-time alongside the guests, managers, servers and kitchen staff who are like family to him. Sandy, a server, loves the energy that John brings to his work. “He is positive and kind, and he cares about the customers,” she says. Parker from Elmhurst also affirms, “John is always there for a hello, a goodbye and an ‘I love you.’”

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We are very pleased to welcome Courtney Sinnott to her new position as Human Resources Assistant at Hamco, the corporate office for Egg Harbor Café restaurants. Courtney has worked at several Egg Harbor locations over the past nine years, a time when she also attended college to earn a BA in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. Most recently Courtney served as a manager at Egg Harbor Café in Naperville. Over the years she has held a variety of positions at Egg Harbor Café in Lincolnshire, Barrington, Arlington Heights and The Glen.

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Since the first Atlanta-area Egg Harbor Café opening in 2011 (Johns Creek), a new team of creative regional leaders has evolved to expand on the passion and experience of the core founding group.

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Manager Bruce Jackson and server Cesar Galvan make sure that anyone stepping into Egg Harbor Café in Lake Forest feels like they're coming home. Bruce and Cesar know their guests well. They know multiple generations of family members, since together they have worked at Egg Harbor Café for all of 56 years (30 years for Cesar and 26 years for Bruce). And they care for them like family: “We’ve got the best customers in the world,” Bruce asserts.

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Giving Egg Harbor Cafe guests the high quality, great tasting foods that they want is at the heart of everything that Zach Chillman does. From behind the scenes where he heads up Chicago-area commissary operations, Zach plays a central role helping each location bring its guests a consistently excellent experience.

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Although every day is different, Zach spends much time testing recipes, overseeing the commissary kitchen, fulfilling restaurants’ orders and working on equipment repair. He loves being part of Egg Harbor Café’s mission to create house-made foods with clean, flavorful ingredients. In helping to bring our tomato bisque in-house, for example, Zach worked with the menu team, experimenting with several recipes before coming up with a tomato bisque that is vegetarian, gluten-free and, of course, great-tasting.

When he is not working, Zach stays busy with his wife Angelique, an Egg Harbor regional manager, their daughter Finley (2-1/2 years) and their son Everett (1-1/2 years). When asked who he admires most, Zach doesn’t hesitate: “My wife, Angelique. She is incredibly skilled, immensely invested in both our family and Egg Harbor Café.” At home and on the job, Zach also tries to make the most out of each day of his life’s journey: “It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top,” he says (quoting Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance).

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With the arrival of Autumn, Egg Harbor Café is thrilled to bring a bountiful selection of fresh, seasonal delights for every taste. When you're looking for a healthy breakfast or lunch to energize your day, keep an eye out for these delicious choices, available beginning September 19.

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Avocado Toast: A slice of sourdough toast topped with smashed avocado, arugula, and grape tomato with a squeeze of lemon and a fig balsamic drizzle. Served with two free range eggs, any style.

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Taki Mullins is excited to be back as manager at the Barrington Egg Harbor Cafe. Taki has enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new people, and he is looking forward to being involved in the Barrington community.

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Taki wholeheartedly believes that Egg Harbor Café’s people are the key to the restaurant’s success. He appreciates working as part of a team to create a memorable experience for guests. “If we're a happy and energetic team that gets along and looks forward to being with each other every single day, we transmit that energy right to the folks dining with us,” Taki says. “I think that our guests sense that. It's an electric atmosphere.”

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