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Abel Cortes

e.leaven Food Company

e.leaven Food Company is a leading bakery and restaurant that prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients and touts an International influence in terms of its menu. Not only are the menu items exceptional, e.leaven Food Company is remarkably unique in the fact that it has an on-site bakery, ensuring that all menu offerings have an artisan touch.

In addition to the mouthwatering menu selections, this hotspot is known for its warm and inviting atmosphere. Its modern interior is characterized with a bright color palette, plush booths and fresh textiles.
At the forefront of this popular breakfast and lunch staple is Chef Abelardo Cortes. By adding a creative twist to each of e.leaven Food Company’s menu offerings, Chef Cortes is quickly gaining recognition in the Chicago area and beyond.
Chef Cortes’ culinary resume includes working alongside the most reputable leaders in the industry. He has graced the kitchen with gastronomic icons ranging from Chef Michael Kornick (MK), Chef Jesse Fultineer (N9NE Steakhouse), Chef Benjamin Smith (Hardrock Hotel’s China Grill) and Chef Michael Crossotti (Sushi Samba). He also served as Chef Mindy Segal’s right-hand man for the opening of the highly anticipated Hot Chocolate restaurant. Upon completion, his culinary path ultimately led him to e.leaven Food Company.
His passion and creativity for every dish is evident, and many have taken note. Chef Cortes and e.leaven Food Company have created a substantial amount of buzz in the Windy City. Chef Cortes’ creations and e.leaven Food Company’s atmosphere have been captured in leading publications ranging from Daily Candy, Chicago Reader, Newsday, WBEZ, Red Eye, USAToday.com, PopSugar Chicago, Time Out Chicago and many more.
The atmosphere and menu offerings have consistently drawn fans to e.leaven Food Company, as well as its ever-popular catering services. e.leaven Food Company has catered evening events including those at the Lyric Opera, Marwen and Social 25. Plus, it has also provided catering services to a plethora of leading financial institutions and private events.
e.leaven Food Company is heavily involved in the community as well, recently announcing participation in the highly anticipated StreetFood Artistry event. This summer festival is the first of its kind, with a focus on street-inspired dishes.
e.leaven Food Company and Chef Cortes bring much to the table. Whether serving creative dishes in an inviting atmosphere, or providing exceptional fare in its on-site bakery, e.leaven Food Company is a major in the culinary arena.

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