Chestnut Street Inn

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pros and Cons of Working From Home

Oct 22

Jeff has often joked with guests that we are retired because we don’t punch a clock or report to an employer anymore, although I remind him that he does in fact report to me but that’s another matter altogether. While it is a funny joke, it’s partially true and partially false. There are many pros […]

Never Trust a Skinny Chef

Jul 27

Never Trust a Skinny Chef. How many times have you heard this one? Well I think it’s nonsense. I can’t tell you how frequently guests jokingly say this to me and I always chuckle but in the back of my mind think the stereotype is extraordinarily ridiculous. Historically speaking, yes, there were a lot of […]

Life Lessons Learned Through Innkeeping

Jul 15

We have been innkeepers for going on almost ten years now, which is as mind boggling to me as to any of our repeat guests who have been coming to see us for that long. One of the things that has emerged over these last ten years are the life lessons learned through innkeeping. There […]