Our Story.
Really Yummy.

The Salty Fig Story:
Salty Fig Kitchen + Pantry is all about making the act of sitting down with family and friends to enjoy a soul satisfying meal, really easy. Whether you’re eating with us in our kitchen, or whipping up some of our prepared ingredients in yours, helping you enjoy the simplicity and effortlessness of a special moment shared with loved ones is what brings us joy.
We describe our style of cuisine Rustic New American. We are particularly fond of featuring sundrenched flavors from the dozens of food cultures found in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean and around the globe.

Our Story.
Really Yummy.

The Salty Fig Story:
Salty Fig Kitchen + Pantry is all about making the act of sitting down with family and friends to enjoy a soul satisfying meal, really easy. Whether you’re eating with us in our kitchen, or whipping up some of our prepared ingredients in yours, helping you enjoy the simplicity and effortlessness of a special moment shared with loved ones is what brings us joy.
We describe our style of cuisine Rustic New American. We are particularly fond of featuring sundrenched flavors from the dozens of food cultures found in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean and around the globe.

What's a Salty Fig?

The idea of a salty fig is really a point of inspiration for owner and Chef Suzanne Florek’s philosophy on life. When sprinkled with a little sea salt, a perfectly ripe fig – fleshy and warm from the sun -is often thought to be the most impeccable bite. And it’s the ideal symbol for Suzanne’s belief in balance in all things – food, family, and friends.

What's a Salty Fig?

The idea of a salty fig is really a point of inspiration for owner and Chef Suzanne Florek’s philosophy on life. When sprinkled with a little sea salt, a perfectly ripe fig – fleshy and warm from the sun -is often thought to be the most impeccable bite. And it’s the ideal symbol for Suzanne’s belief in balance in all things – food, family, and friends.

Good For Friends and Family

Salty Fig Kitchen + Pantry was designed for our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Truly. We went ahead and opened the little family-centric Kitchen + Pantry that we’ve always wanted for our tight-knit community.

Come in and visit us! Here’s what you’ll find:

A Bustling Full-Service Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks, and early dinners.

A Grab-and-Go Counter, featuring really good coffee, baked goods and pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and a first-come, first-served seating area

A Fully Stocked Pantry, showcasing refrigerated grab-and-go snacks, chilled wine and craft beer, sandwiches, salads, and ingredients from around the globe that will make making dinner in your own kitchen easier and more fun.

Salty Fig Kitchen + Pantry is here to make good food easy – no matter what that means to you.

Good For Friends and Family

Salty Fig Kitchen + Pantry was designed for our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Truly. We went ahead and opened the little family-centric Kitchen + Pantry that we’ve always wanted for our tight-knit community.

Come in and visit us! Here’s what you’ll find:

A Bustling Full-Service Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks, and early dinners.

A Grab-and-Go Counter, featuring really good coffee, baked goods and pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and a first-come, first-served seating area

A Fully Stocked Pantry, showcasing refrigerated grab-and-go snacks, chilled wine and craft beer, sandwiches, salads, and ingredients from around the globe that will make making dinner in your own kitchen easier and more fun.

Salty Fig Kitchen + Pantry is here to make good food easy – no matter what that means to you.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Florek has enjoyed a lifelong romance with food and culture. Raised first in Connecticut and later in Madrid and finally Louisville, KY, Suzanne’s Father (a native of Chile,) and Mother (A native of New York City,) shared a global point of view with her from a young age. Food, folklore, culture, and time spent sharing meals with family and friends were centerpieces in her young life.

When her college years arrived, Suzanne earned a business degree from Indiana University before pursing her artistic passions at the Culinary Institute of America.

As a professional Chef, Suzanne has worked behind some of the most prestigious stoves in Chicago. She served first as an Apprentice, then Sous Chef, and finally Executive Chef of Spiaggia from 1988-1991. Spiaggia and its sister, Café Spiaggia, were among Chicago’s very first nationally recognized 5-star restaurants. Many credit the restaurant as being one that helped reshape Chicago’s reputation for meat and potatoes into the foodie destination that the city is today.

In the mid-90s, Suzanne chose to make raising her young family of three (always energetic and always hungry,) boys a priority. She and her husband (Salty Fig business partner, Anthony Florek,) moved to Western Springs and fell in love with the town – its warm, friendly residents and its big heart. Ever the believer in balance, Suzanne continued to pursue her career as she raised her family by running a Recipe & New Product Development Consultancy. She also launched an online community for saving and sharing chef-tested recipes. She named her online foodie start up, Salty Fig.

Today, Salty Fig has evolved beyond an online community into a bustling kitchen and pantry on the main drag of Western Springs’ Burlington Avenue. You will find Suzanne in her storefront five days a week; humming about, serving her neighbors with her signature Rustic New American cuisine and the smile of someone who is doing exactly what she loves.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Florek has enjoyed a lifelong romance with food and culture. Raised first in Connecticut and later in Madrid and finally Louisville, KY, Suzanne’s Father (a native of Chile,) and Mother (A native of New York City,) shared a global point of view with her from a young age. Food, folklore, culture, and time spent sharing meals with family and friends were centerpieces in her young life.

When her college years arrived, Suzanne earned a business degree from Indiana University before pursing her artistic passions at the Culinary Institute of America.

As a professional Chef, Suzanne has worked behind some of the most prestigious stoves in Chicago. She served first as an Apprentice, then Sous Chef, and finally Executive Chef of Spiaggia from 1988-1991. Spiaggia and its sister, Café Spiaggia, were among Chicago’s very first nationally recognized 5-star restaurants. Many credit the restaurant as being one that helped reshape Chicago’s reputation for meat and potatoes into the foodie destination that the city is today.

In the mid-90s, Suzanne chose to make raising her young family of three (always energetic and always hungry,) boys a priority. She and her husband (Salty Fig business partner, Anthony Florek,) moved to Western Springs and fell in love with the town – its warm, friendly residents and its big heart. Ever the believer in balance, Suzanne continued to pursue her career as she raised her family by running a Recipe & New Product Development Consultancy. She also launched an online community for saving and sharing chef-tested recipes. She named her online foodie start up, Salty Fig.

Today, Salty Fig has evolved beyond an online community into a bustling kitchen and pantry on the main drag of Western Springs’ Burlington Avenue. You will find Suzanne in her storefront five days a week; humming about, serving her neighbors with her signature Rustic New American cuisine and the smile of someone who is doing exactly what she loves.

The Salty Fig Fundamentals

We believe in bare feet.
We believe that all of your problems can go away over a warm meal with family and friends.
We believe in asking questions.
We believe spending 10 minutes with your face in direct sunlight every day.
We believe in dinner parties.
We believe in mismatched…everything. (Chaos has a certain charm, don’t you think?)
We believe in trying new things.
We believe in good meals that aren’t hard to make.
We believe in open doors and letting in the breeze.
We believe in keeping an open mind and learning something new.
We believe in always having something yummy to snack on.
We believe in surrounding yourself with loved ones and laughter.
And finally, we believe in balance in all things.
A life well lived is a little bit salty and a little bit sweet.

The Salty Fig Fundamentals

We believe in bare feet.
We believe that all of your problems can go away over a warm meal with family and friends.
We believe in asking questions.
We believe spending 10 minutes with your face in direct sunlight every day.
We believe in dinner parties.
We believe in mismatched…everything. (Chaos has a certain charm, don’t you think?)
We believe in trying new things.
We believe in good meals that aren’t hard to make.
We believe in open doors and letting in the breeze.
We believe in keeping an open mind and learning something new.
We believe in always having something yummy to snack on.
We believe in surrounding yourself with loved ones and laughter.
And finally, we believe in balance in all things.
A life well lived is a little bit salty and a little bit sweet.