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By Anna Lothson
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 FoodObsession.net. 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.