Farm to Table Dinner

May 4

Last night we had the pleasure of hosting our first farm to table dinner of the year. Our featured farm was Broad Branch Farm in Wyoming, IL. What an amazing evening filled with incredible, fresh, organic food and inspired, fun dishes! The diners were super enthusiastic about the whole menu and of course we had […]

Pricing Perception Problem

Apr 1

Several times of late we have heard from people that they have always been afraid to dine with us because they were afraid of the price. It seems that because we do a fixed price menu and people only see that one price we have a pricing perception problem. I would like to address this […]

Gluten Free 101

Feb 21

The following is a lecture I prepared for our annual state innkeeper association meeting next week. I thought the overview was worth sharing. It’s geared toward innkeepers, but may be of use to others as well. Gluten Free 101 What is gluten? Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, barley and oats (more on this). […]

10 Years, 10 Meals

Feb 9

This weekend marks our 10th anniversary here at Chestnut Street Inn. We can’t believe how quickly the last 10 years has blown by. We have had so much fun and have made so many great friends over the years that we wanted to do something special to commemorate the special occasion. We all know that […]

What Do Innkeepers Look For In A Vacation?

Jan 30

What do innkeepers look for in a vacation? I can tell you that contrary to popular belief, we aren’t as picky as you might think we are. We don’t get away often so we are just glad to get away. But we do have a few items we are picky about. In no particular order, […]

Spice Up Your New Year

Jan 8

A new year mean’s new resolutions. Often these include eating better and losing weight. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to incorporate more spices into your cooking. Here are my top spice tips to help you spice up your new year: 1) Make sure your spices are fresh. Spices should be […]

My Top Tips For Lightening Up Your Recipes

Dec 14

I know it’s the holiday season and we should absolutely indulge this time of year. But I always feel bad when the New Year comes and I’ve gained that pesky 5 pounds because of all that indulging. So I thought it would be helpful for all of us to talk about my top tips for […]

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: The Mascot-Couscous

Dec 4

For our final installment of Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: The Mascot-Couscous, we are going to introduce you to our furry feline assistant who incidentally won the Employee of the Year for 2014 by popular vote, much to my husbands dismay. We assembled a few questions for the little man to answer for you. Without […]

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Jeff Sudakov

Nov 28

Part 2 of our Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Jeff Sudakov. Jeff is the husband of Chef Monika and her partner in crime. Here is a little insight into Mr. Monika (so dubbed by Paula Sands) and some of his history. 1) Where are you from? I am from California. The beach comber, Southern Cal in flip […]

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Monika Sudakov

Nov 23

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Monika Sudakov We thought it would be fun to do a couple of blog posts introducing our two innkeepers. Many people are afraid to stay at a bed and breakfast because they don’t like the idea of staying with strangers. Well, how about if you are introduced to the innkeepers […]