Food Obsession opens in Oak Park

Chef moves into the former Perfect Dinner spot

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

The kitchen at the former Perfect Dinner location is up and running again thanks to chef Daniel Vogel, an Oak Parker who's brought his farm-to-table philosophy into town.

His new establishment at 809 South Blvd., Food Obsession, will bring similar carryout options as the former business that shut down at the end of 2012, but in a different manner.

The main focus of Food Obsession will be catering, but the void left by the departure of The Perfect Dinner will be filled with Vogel's homemade dinners available by pre-order only. For example, last week Vogel got his business up and running with a batch of pot pies that he made Thursday for customers to pick up Friday.

Orders can be made each week by calling the business. An online meal menu will be available soon on The cutoff for orders is noon the day before the pick-up date.

Although Food Obsession made a quiet entrance into town, Vogel said he's happy with the feedback. He's excited to evolve the mission of bringing freshly-made, ready-to-cook meals to town.

"We've had a really good response, as quiet and as soft as the opening has been," he said. The establishment is still somewhat hidden, but will soon have a stronger presence on the street once its full signage is up.

Vogel hopes to eventually offer kids' cooking classes and create events to engage the community, like barbecue contests this summer. The mission, he said, will evolve as he sees fits for Oak Park.

The new owner has been cooking since he was 12 and comes with a classical French cuisine background. He aims to find much of his food as close to home as the season allows, which is a philosophy he learned as an Iowa farm kid.

For more information about upcoming meals or catering options, call 708-763-9935.

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OPRF Parent  

Posted: March 16th, 2013 8:43 AM

I agree opbs. It's so true! I also think this establishment needs to get its website up and running better. Not all of us want to go to Facebook to see their menu items or to follow them on twitter!


Posted: March 16th, 2013 5:42 AM

I just read the comment, "Farm to table is the new Applebees." lol, I'm sure it's a fine place but this schtick is getting old.

Alex from Oak Park  

Posted: March 7th, 2013 3:17 PM

Follow Food Obssession on Facebook at or on twitter @cheif_vogel.

Abi Bankole from Summit  

Posted: March 7th, 2013 12:37 PM

Congrats Daniel - I agree with Suzy - can't wait till we are back in Chi Town to taste some of that awesome food. All the best!!

Beth from Berwyn  

Posted: March 7th, 2013 10:59 AM

Picked up the lasagna, salad and bread two weeks ago and it was the best!

Suzanne VanDyne from Sedalia  

Posted: March 7th, 2013 9:34 AM

Can't wait to get back to Chicago to partake of your awesome food. Congratulations on your new venture!


Posted: March 6th, 2013 3:05 PM

Check out their Facebook page; I think Spaghetti & Meatballs is on the menu for Thursday take-home this week.

Mary from River Forest  

Posted: March 6th, 2013 2:47 PM

We certainly miss The Perfect Dinner but we're glad to hear the space has already been taken. You did a nice write up but I found the new owners website difficult to use and it did not contain any information on menus that it offers????

Matt on Madison  

Posted: March 6th, 2013 12:44 PM

Would like to give it a try but Wedsite offers nothing as does phone message???

Marty Bracco from Oak Park  

Posted: March 6th, 2013 12:22 PM

The Pot Pie was sensational! Can't wait for the next meal. Daniel is one of the finest chefs in Chicagoland. If you don't eat his food regularly, there is something wrong with you.

Nara from Oak Park  

Posted: March 6th, 2013 8:39 AM

I'm very excited about this - and even more thrilled to see the possibility of kids' cooking classes. Please make some available on evenings and weekends for working parents too!

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