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Celebrate a Great Lady!

The Return of the Doris Day Sandwich!


A Sandwich in honor of an Icon!

Back at Frank's Karma Cafe, we would celebrate April 3, because that was Doris Day's Birthday. For the uninitiated and the under-50 crowd, Doris  Day was a great singer, the Top Female Box Office Draw of all time  (adjusted for inflation) and someone who  devoted the last 40 years  to animal rescue. She was the inspiration in the rescue of a sick ugly  dog who with food, shelter and love, turned into one of the world's most  beautiful dogs, our Doris. Both Doris' are together in Heaven and we want to  celebrate the original with a sandwich created in her honor. Each  ingredient represents a particular characteristic of Ms. Day and they  are as follows:

Turkey - Doris made a lot of "turkeys",  thanks to her agent-husband Marty Melcher. Nevertheless, she could make  you believe, as she did in 1956's "Julie", that she can land a plane.

Havarti Cheese - Some of Doris' movies are considered "cheesy" by 60's radical  feminists, but think about it: she was a successful career woman in  1959's Pillow Talk (a high-end interior decorator) and 1961's Lover Come  Back (an advertising executive in the "Mad Men" era), long before Betty  Friedan.

Orange Marmalade - for her naturally sunny  disposition. Her song "Everybody Loves a Lover" is guaranteed to improve  your mood. Check it out on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOTzC-0xg0

German Mustard - Doris was a German gal from Cincinnati. In fact, her real name is Doris Maryann von Kapelhoff.

Caramelized Onions - By all accounts, Doris has had some terrible tragedies, including  indirect involvement with the Manson "Family". She could be bitter, but  just like a caramelized onion is sweetness from something bitter, she's  created some of the sweetest music ever.

A Homemade Challah Roll It's yellow, like her sunny disposition. 


Since Doris was a Vegetarian, a meatless option is available $7




Gruyere and caramelized onions grilled on our homemade, naturally leavened Pain au Levain $8


These are our vegan "Yoga Cuisine" options. A Lentil-Coconut "Stew" over a hot-sweet cranberry-pea, Serrano and ginger-studded rice pilaf with homemade Rhubarb Chutney (Pictured) $9

The soup is made with slow-cooked dried beans, vegetables and flash-fried collard greens $4/6/8


This week it's Strawberry Lemonade and Wawamelon Limeade, Both made with fresh fruit, freshly-squeezed juice and about half the sugar of a typical 'ade. Check out the origin of the Foo-Foo drink on our blog $3.75 ea


Including our Pie of the Week - Key Lime with Blackberry Topping!

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One Goal - Excellence


Ella Bonella is looking for a few good people to join the team. Our goal is to provide a consistently excellent experience for each customer. We are a small place with one simple goal – excellence. 

Introductory shop hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9-2, with either 4 or 8-hour shifts available. Additional days will be added as we grow. Additional hours may be available for prep, catering, and special orders. We are open to applicants of any age, from 15 (with a work permit) to 80+, as long as the applicant has the energy and the spirit to get the job done in a manner consistent with our Core Values of Friendliness, Superior Service, Integrity, Quality and Safety. Whether this is your all-important first job or you’re just getting back in to the workplace or you’ve decided that retirement isn’t for you, if you’re ready to work, we could use you!


Counter Service

Job Duties:

· Demonstrate a positive customer service attitude in keeping with the company’s Core Values. 

· Assist customers with questions and product selection 

· Follow procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

· Smile and greets customers in a sincere friendly manner. Treat new customers like friends you haven’t met yet.

· Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

· Accurately record orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product.

· Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

· Assist in other areas as required.

Line/Prep Cook

Job Duties:

· Prepare sandwiches (hot and cold) and other items from the menu 

· Deep Frying experience a plus

· Follows procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

· Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

· Accurately and consistently prepare orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product. Our aim is a “Wow” from every customer

· Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

· Assist in other areas as required.

Requirements (both roles):

  • Desire       to provide excellent customer service. 
  • Outgoing, friendly       personality. 
  • Ability to handle multiple       tasks. 
  • Able to communicate       effectively with others and convey enthusiasm 
  • Follow all LCHD Service       Standards & guidelines. 
Obtain Illinois Food handler certification


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Peek Into The Piemaking Process


Here's a feast for the eyes! Check out a Tart Cherry Pie & Peach Pie Right Out of the Oven.


Pie For Breakfast?

You Betcha!


  Back in the days when we sold pies at Farmers’ Markets, people would come up to us and say “I eat your pie for breakfast.” And why not? After all, people eat sweet things like pancakes and French Toast for breakfast – and the primary ingredient in most of our pies is either fruit, milk, or nuts. 

The Streusel-topped Triple Berry Pie was typically the breakfast favorite, but I set out to find more pies that would be suitable for breakfast. There are savory pies like Bacon-and-Egg, and Ham-and-Egg, then some not-too-sweet pies like Oatmeal Walnut Pie and (my personal favorite) custard-y Cream-of-Wheat Pie, which I like cold with just a touch of Maple Syrup. 

Then there are cereal pies like Euell Gibbons’ fave Grape Nuts Pie (you probably have to be over 50 to get that reference) and Cornflake Pie, which are def on the sweet side. BFK pies even take on International Character with an Orange-infused Italian Torta di Riso that will make you feel like you’re in Firenze!   

Just Open Weekends?


Yep! We work all week to be ready for two days! 

Tell Me About Those Croissants!


What the Pie is to the United States, the Croissant is to France, sort of. As a college student, I worked my ass off to be able to study in Paris in the Spring of 1985. I still remember that first morning in the City of Light – drizzly, homesick, thinking I’d made a mistake, and then I walked down the Rue Vavin and into the first Bar I saw (Bars in Paris are known for their coffee) and ordered un express and a croissant, the taste, smell, feel and sound of which I will never forget. It was buttery and crisp, with enough butter on the exterior to leave my hands shiny. 

Every subsequent trip to Paris meant a croissant and express first thing off the plane. I’d tried croissants in the states, but they were never the same.  During an extended break from Franks, I made a commitment to “perfect” the croissant, to the extent that was possible. I slaved and tasted (and tasted) until I had something that brought me back to that first bite, and people loved them. These croissants are perfect on a weekend morning.   

The joys of the croissant are fleeting. With lots of air between layers, these ephemeral treats go from ethereal to stale in about 6 hours. We bake them right before we open and recommend that you eat them right away!

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