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Marc Jacobs

President and Partner

Marc Jacobs is the President and Partner of Antico Posto, Beatrix, Ema, Foodease, Foodlife, L. Woods and Mity Nice Bar & Grill.

Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods). After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, he was offered the opportunity to go through management training upon his graduation from UIC in the summer of 1995.

Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, and was quickly promoted to general manager where he worked side by side with Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant.

From 2001 to 2015, Marc was imperative in the development and re-concepting of Antico Posto, Foodlife, Mity Nice Bar & Grill and L.Woods. He also oversaw and led the opening process from beginning to end at Di Pescara, Foodease Market, Beatrix River North and Streeterville, and Bea’s Market, a fast casual market.

Now, Marc is thrilled to be combining his passion for food and design with his vast experience in restaurants in his latest concept, Ema, a Mediterranean restaurant featuring a light, California style of cooking in River North.

In his free time, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, traveling, and visiting new restaurants.

 

Marc Jacobs

Steve Hofferth

Vice President and Partner

Steve joined Lettuce Entertain You in 1997 as a manager at R.J. Grunts, Lettuce’s very first establishment. Working closely with Rich Melman, Steve learned the company history, culture, and philosophy. He was quickly promoted to General Manager within two years.

In 2002, Steve became the GM at Antico Posto in Oak Brook, IL where he developed his passion for great Italian food and wine. In 2004, Steve joined the opening team of Osteria Via Stato, to further learn about concept development and the opening process.

Four years later, Steve took over operations of Foodlife and Mity Nice Bar & Grill in Water Tower Place. As a newly named LEYE partner, he led the initiative to re-concept Mity Nice Bar & Grill and mastered the art of focusing on great food and staying true to a brand. Steve later became a partner of L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge in Lincolnwood, Beatrix in River North and Streeterville and Ema.

When Steve is away from the restaurants, he enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole and two sons, swimming, cycling, running, and an occasional game of golf.

Steve Hofferth

Michael Giles

Partner

Michael Giles is a Associate Partner of Beatrix River North, Beatrix Streeterville and most recently, Ema. With a strong passion for food and operations, Michael has worked for several restaurant groups in multiple cities including Minneapolis, San Diego, Portland and now in Chicago.

Michael started at Lettuce Entertain You in August 2010 where he was a part of the Scoozi team. He quickly became the General Manager, and just three years later, Michael led the opening team at Beatrix River North. Finding success in the concept, Michael was influential in the opening of its second location in Streeterville in October 2015. Just eight months later, Michael is now a Partner of said restaurants, in addition to Ema, a Mediterranean and California-inspired restaurant in River North.

Michael oversees daily operations, food quality and ongoing training and development of the management team. Working closely with the chef team to facilitate new and creative ideas, Michael is constantly focused on hiring and developing his management teams and growth in all three concepts.

As a Gold Coast resident, he enjoys checking out new bars and restaurants, exploring the city and playing ice hockey. He also enjoys travel, especially visiting his native hometown in Minnesota, and spending time with family and friends.

Michael Giles

John Chiakulas

Chef Partner

John Chiakulas is Corporate Chef of LEYE and Chef Partner of Beatrix, Antico Posto, Foodease Market, Foodlife, Mity Nice Grill and L. Woods!

His journey with LEYE began at Ambria in 1981, rising through the ranks from fish butcher to becoming Executive Chef of Scoozi! when it opened a decade later. His experiences traveling through Italy awakened his imagination and enthusiasm for Italian cooking; these skills translated well to his extensive experience at many LEYE restaurants, including Tru, L. Woods and Wildfire.

John was instrumental in the redesign of Foodlife in Water Tower Place and pushed the envelope in developing Foodease into what he now considers a “chef’s playground” because of its diverse offerings. In 2011, he teamed up with the Lettuce Consulting Group to bring his creativity to clients nationwide.

John is now the Chef Partner of Beatrix and was here for every step of its creation. He is “hungry for more” in his leadership role, always thinking of how he can bring Beatrix and his other projects to the next level.

John Chiakulas

Susan Weaver

Chef Partner

Susan is the Chef Partner of Beatrix, Mon Ami Gabi, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, Stripburger and Community Canteen. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, her passion for food and travel developed early in life when she spent two years traveling in Europe and working at quaint restaurants in the Mediterranean.

After her travels, she spent time working in kitchens in Boston, Houston, Chicago, Toronto and New York. She joined LEYE in 2003 as the Culinary Director for Mon Ami Gabi and Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

In 2012, she partnered with Marc Jacobs to build LEYE’s newest restaurant, Beatrix. Together, they created Beatrix’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with unique ingredients and profiles with many dishes influenced by her past travels.

Susan Weaver

Rita Dever

Chef Partner

Rita Dever is Corporate Chef of LEYE and Chef Partner of Beatrix. A native to the Northwest, Rita grew up surrounded by an abundance of natural food and beauty. Her early years as a chef had her traveling all over the world.

Rita completed culinary school in Paris, trained with her mentor, Madeleine Kamman in New Hampshire and opened restaurants in Los Angeles, Maui, New York and Seattle as a Sous Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

In 2008, she came to Chicago and joined LEYE as Corporate Chef. Working closely with Rich Melman in the test kitchen, the two collaborate daily on creating new dishes and innovating existing menus for all LEYE restaurants. It was Rita’s creations in the “Lab” that sparked the fire for Beatrix.

Now, as Chef Partner, her culinary experience has come full circle. Her Pacific Northwest whole-foods mentality drives each dish at Beatrix, bringing a “taste over trend” philosophy and healthful twist to each dish.

Rita Dever

Yasmin Gutierrez

Executive Pastry Chef

Yasmin is the Executive Pastry Chef at Beatrix. She studied Culinary Arts at the Illinois Institute of Art with an emphasis in pastry and continues to take classes at Chicago’s French Pastry School.

She began her career as an intern at Bittersweet Bakery on the north side of Chicago. A few years later,  she joined Lettuce Entertain You’s Foodlife in Water Tower Place where she became the pastry chef and also oversaw Mity Nice Grill and Foodease after just two years. Now, Yasmin oversees the pastry program both at Water Tower Place and Beatrix.

Her specialties include cupcake creation and design, coffee cakes and birthday cakes.

Outside of the bakery, Yasmin plays soccer and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Yasmin Gutierrez

Omar Chavez Perez

Sous Chef

Born and raised in the Chicago neighborhood, Pilsen, Omar was introduced into the culinary world at a young age. Whether it was a celebration, holiday, or a simple family get together, his parents always had large meals ready for the occasion. Omar went on to pursue a career in the restaurant industry, and received his associates degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago.

After gaining experience from notable restaurants throughout Chicago where he spent his time as a Sous Chef, Omar is proud to now be a part of the Lettuce Entertain You family as the Sous Chef at Beatrix in River North.

His favorite part of the job is satisfying the guests with new and delicious dishes, while also teaching his team new techniques and product knowledge. When he’s not in the kitchen, Omar can be found spending time with his daughter, in the gym, and of course, trying new restaurants.

Omar Chavez Perez

Steven Rosenblum

General Manager

Originally from Long Island, New York and a graduate of The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Steven is excited to be in Chicago to continue his career with Lettuce Entertain You. Steven’s restaurant experience first dates back to his completion of the Management Internship with Restaurant Associates, to his time at La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Steven moved to Chicago to begin his career with LEYE in 2013, where he was a summer intern at Foodease Market in Water Tower Place. Just a year later, Steven joined the management team at Beatrix, and is now proud to be the General Manager of the River North neighborhood restaurant.

Steven is passionate about restaurants, and loves the fast paced environment and meeting new people everyday. His favorite Beatrix menu items are the Mushroom & Quinoa Burger, Oh My! Caramel Pie and the Pineapple-Habanero Margarita.

Outside of work, you can find Steven trying new restaurants, learning about music, attending concerts and of course, cooking.

Steven Rosenblum

Eric Howard

MANAGER

Born and raised in a small farm town in Southern Indiana, Eric Howard grew up in a family where food was the focus during family affairs and gatherings. Constantly surrounded by homemade recipes that had been handed down from generations of family cooks, his passion for the culinary world continued to grow year after year.

Eric’s first job at a restaurant was at the young age of 14 in a small country kitchen where he was a dishwasher and busser. Five years later, Eric put his restaurant experience on hold to attend Ball State University to study film and learn more about the hospitality industry. After graduating in 2009, he spent time in both Indianapolis and Chicago where he was a server, bartender and barista in various restaurants and bars.

Six years later, Eric is thrilled to be a part of the Lettuce Entertain You family as a Manager at Beatrix. His favorite part of the job is working with a staff that shares his passion for serving others while also being influenced by their hard work each and every day.

In his free time, Eric enjoys listening to great jazz music, brewing beer and experiencing the large local food scene that Chicago has to offer with his friends and family.

Eric Howard

Chad Ellingboe

MANAGER

Chad Ellingboe grew up in northwestern Wisconsin in the small town of Woodville. When he turned 18, he moved to Milwaukee to further his education at UW-Milwaukee. While a student, Chad began his professional career at a small Mexican restaurant, Dos Bandidos, where he was a server, bartender, and an hourly supervisor.

Graduating in 2008 with a degree in Architecture, he worked in drafting for about a year, and eventually found his way back into the restaurant industry as the manager at Trocadero.

Chad moved to Chicago, and joined the Lettuce Entertain You and the Beatrix team in June 2016. Now, he is a manager at the bustling River North location. His favorite part of the job is the fast paced and ever-changing environment that keeps him constantly on the go.

When Chad is not in the restaurant, he enjoys exploring his new city and is having no problem finding an endless supply of things to see, do, and of course, food to eat!

Chad Ellingboe

Angela Smurawa

Manager

Angela Smurawa grew up in Appleton, WI., where her love for the restaurant industry began when she was just 15-years-old. After moving to Chicago in 2007, she managed a hair salon in Evanston for five years where she furthered her professional growth and management skills.

In August 2014, Angela knew she wanted to get back in the restaurant world where she would be surrounded by energy and excitement. After having brunch at Beatrix one morning, she found herself as their new host and then server just a few weeks later.

As a manager of Beatrix Streeterville, Angela loves being able to combine her passion for food while connecting and caring for people. She especially finds the positive reaction from guests, and the health conscious yet innovative menu options tremendously exciting to be part of.

When Angela isn’t at the restaurant, she loves to entertain friends and family at her home, traveling, and cooking.

Angela Smurawa

Cara Yaffe

Divisional Marketing & PR Manager

Growing up in Long Grove, Illinois, Cara has always had a passion for food, writing, and technology, and knew she wanted to pursue a career one day that would entail all of those elements. Graduating in 2012 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN., with a degree in Journalism and Business, she began her PR and marketing journey at a Chicago public relations agency focusing on restaurants and local businesses.

Realizing that her true passion and excitement was in restaurants, and also ready for more growth and opportunity, Cara joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in the summer of 2015. Now, Cara proudly oversees the marketing and public relations for Antico Posto, Beatrix, Bea’s Market, Ema, Foodlife, Foodease, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, and Rotisserie Ema. Her favorite part of the job is how every day is different, as well as having the opportunity to express her creativity across multiple different brands that she truly believes in.

In her free time, Cara loves checking out new restaurants around the city, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Cara Yaffe

Krista Rominger

PARTIES & SPECIAL EVENTS

Krista joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in 2014 as an office manager in the Lettuce Parties & Special Events department. Originally from Naperville, and a graduate of Illinois State, Krista has grown up surrounded by the Chicago restaurant scene. Krista has learned so much about what it means to find the perfect space and atmosphere for a client and is excited to be sharing her expertise in special events at Beatrix.

Being a part of the Beatrix team is very exciting for Krista. She is able to focus on some of her strongest qualities - organization, planning, and execution of special events. Krista enjoys meeting new faces, forming relationships, and creating memorable experiences for guests.

In her free time, Krista loves to weekend brunch, attend sporting events, and spend time with her friends and family. Krista currently resides nearby Beatrix, in Chicago’s River North.

 

Krista Rominger

Christine Cossette

Catering Manager

Christine Cossette’s first job in high school was filling cannoli in a bakery. Looking for a bustling city and more opportunity, Christine moved to Chicago and got a job at Lucky Strike Lanes in Streeterville. There, Christine quickly worked her way up from a cashier at the bowling desk, to to the administrator/sales assistant and then eventually moved into event sales.

Christine joined Lettuce in the summer of 2016 and is now the Special Events and Catering Manager for both Beatrix and Ema. Her favorite part of the job is putting clients at ease by letting them know they are in great hands, so all that they need to do is enjoy their celebration!

In her free time, she likes to make as many quick trips back to her hometown of Norwood, Massachusetts to visit her family. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Christine Cossette

Ani Craig

Office Manager

Ani Craig was born and raised in West Java, Indonesia. Her interest in the hospitality business began in 2003 when she worked at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta where she was a host, a secretary for the business center and also worked in banquet sales.

After completing college, Ani moved to the United States with a sponsorship opportunity from The Sheraton Resorts in Steamboat Springs, CO. There, she worked as a server and assisted in room service. Five years later, Ani moved to Chicago, Ill., where she became a part of the LEYE family. She joined the opening team at Beatrix and held various positions like server, barista, host and office assistant.

Now, Ani is thrilled to be the Office Manager of Beatrix River North where she can be ‘behind the scenes’ and learn more about the restaurant industry and its operations.

In her free time, Ani loves to spend time with her husband Mike, and their twin sons, Maximus and George. Her favorite menu items at Beatrix are the Power Greens Juice and Chicken Bebe.

Ani Craig

Hours

Coffee & Bakery:

Open Daily 6:00am

Breakfast:

Monday - Friday 7:00am - 11:00am

Brunch:

Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch:

Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm
*lunch menu not served on Saturday and Sunday

Dinner:

Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Bar:

Open Daily until Midnight

Contact

519 N Clark St.
Chicago IL, 60654

312-284-1377

Valet located on Clark Street. $15 with validation for up to three hours.

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