Feast & Imbibe, a two-year-old Evanston caterer, opened its new kitchen Wednesday in facilities once occupied by the venerable Fanny’s Restaurant at 1601 Simpson St., at the northwest corner of Ashland Avenue in Evanston’s 5th Ward.

Although Fanny’s, once one of the top restaurants in the Chicago area, closed its doors in 1987, its name still graces the east wall of the catering firm.

“We started as a pop-up restaurant,” explained co-owner Heather Bublick, “but we soon found our niche as a caterer and operated for a year and a half out of shared kitchens and restaurants of our friends.”

Now that the firm has been designated one of the 10 top wedding caterers in the Chicago area by, it has finally settled down in a home of its own.

Heather’s partner and executive chef is D’Andre Carter.

“We’re restaurant people, from fine dining backgrounds,” said Bublick. “Through trial and error, we were able to figure out ways to bring restaurant quality food to large events.”

Their biggest challenge, she admitted, “was finding a name for our venture. We came up with ‘feast’ right away, but it took us awhile to settle on ‘imbibe’.”

The Fanny’s name still graces the wall at Feast & Imbibe.

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and 5th Ward Alderman Dolores Holmes were on hand Wednesday afternoon to perform the ribbon-cutting duties as they officially welcomed Feast & Imbibe to their new quarters..

After the ribbon was cut, the assemblage of friends and well-wishers did…what else? They feasted and imbibed.

For menus and other information about Feast & Imbibe, access their website.

Top: Co-founders Carter and Bublick, at left, help Mayor Tisdahl and Alderman Holmes cut the ribbon.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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