Two new food businesses in the Chicago Dempster neighborhood that — for a change — aren’t restaurants get the ribbon-cutting treatment this afternoon.
One is Cooked, at 1307 Chicago Ave., which offers delivery of fresh prepared meals to customers’ homes that the customers can then heated in an oven or microwave and have ready to serve in 15 minutes or less. Owners Jona Silva and Erin Silva Winston make locally-sourced meals with no preservatives or additives.
The other business, right next door at 1305 Chicago Ave., is Homestead Meats, an artisan butcher shop. Owner Ehran Ostrreicher hand-crafts fresh and deli meats, sausages and charcuterie with traditional techniques using all natural ingredients.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is scheduled to be on hand for the joint ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m., co-sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago-Dempster Merchants Association.