The French Lunchbox is a family business birthed from our love of food and our joy in those tasty magical moments when we can slow down and savor life.
We pride ourselves in serving honest quality food in downtown Chicago. By sourcing fresh local ingredients and having a focused menu, we provide French gourmet comfort food.
We are passionate about nurturing our family and community by sharing the food we love.
Join us in grabbing a spoon to dig into the simple beauty that we create and enjoy with each meal.
Chef & Co-Owner
Gide has always had a love for food and sharing its tasty comforts, cooking up Mac and cheese for his family as a kid and relishing in his mom’s classic dishes like wild rice and mushroom soup. With training in both classical French cuisine and fine dining, Gide grew as a professional chef in Thomas Keller’s kitchen (Bouchon Bistro) and under Matthew Kirkley’s team at L2O, and he brought innovation and finesse to Evanston’s dining scene at Bistro Bordeaux, earning recognition as Runner Up for “Best Up-and-Coming Chef 2016” from The Reader. Now Chef Gide works to make gourmet quality French and American dishes affordable and accessible to Chicago eaters.
See Chef Gide’s latest feature in the Idaho Potato Commission’s Chef’s Calendar 2018!
PR/Operations & Co-Owner
Savoring her grandmother’s French and Alsatian cooking during family visits to her mother’s hometown near Paris (and the family recipes her mother brought with her to the US), Jenn has always cherished the flavors and the love in a meal cooked with passion and care. With nonprofit and program management and administration experience, Jenn brings her behind-the-scenes expertise (and a joy for great customer service!) to The French Lunchbox to partner with her husband (Chef Gide) — with occasional help from their daughter and son — in making the family business a success and reality in the heart of Chicago.
We Proudly Partner with Dark Matter Coffee!
We are proudly partnering with Dark Matter Coffee to provide high-quality, sensational coffee at The French Lunchbox. To learn more about these amazing local entrepreneurs and their passion for fair trade and delicious coffee, click here…..or join us at the French Market to try our one-of-a-kind French Lunchbox blend, roasted especially for you!