As has become our tradition, here is our end-of-year roundup of everything that’s happened this year at Intergalactic Cafes, Inc. (née Eats and Sweets Cafe).
The long and short of it is we’ve had a busy year here at IG—we have you to thank! We enjoyed spending 2017 with you and while we’re looking forward to 2018, we think it’s only appropriate to look back at this year’s highlights.
We celebrated our second annual All Dolly'ed Up! birthday celebration, benefiting Project Fierce, with the help of Wanda Screw. Many thanks to those of you who attended and to those local businesses who donated items for our raffle, including BienMeSabe, Koval, Lillstreet, Aligned Modern Health, SADHAUS, Sideshow Theatre Company, and Two Brothers Brewing Company.
We also welcomed Kim Leong, our first full-time baker!
Our new Satellite staff joined the Maiden Voyage crew for a full team training, and we officially began work on the space at 942!
We continued to work on the space at 942 in preparation for the opening of The Satellite Cafe.
The Satellite Cafe officially opened and we celebrated by collecting donations for Sarah’s Circle and holding raffles for our new customers. Thanks for the great welcome, Uptown!
Our staff generously took the reigns so we could travel to France for a week with Mother Detroit as part of the Bob Reilly Memorial Tour. We ate TONS of good food and returned rested and energized.
At the end of the month we took part in Apna Ghar’s Taste for Life gala.
Cordie, Collin, Erich, and I went to Coffee Fest down at the Pier. We learned a lot, drank TONS of coffee, and got seriously jittery. By the end of the weekend we were well-versed in cafe marketing, best hiring practices, and nut milks. Our relationship with PrintWithMe was one of the results of the fest!
We also began a relationship with Uptown Fitness and began hosting Satellite Cycle on Thursday mornings, taught by the talented Lindsey F.
We provided complimentary coffee and appetizers for Sideshow Theatre's Freshness Initiative.
We reenergized before the start of the school year by hosting a health and fitness book drive for Chicago Books to Women in Prison, as well as collecting monetary donations for Sarah’s Circle at each of our locations. We matched the donation money collected 1:1, which gave us enough money to make 100 bagged lunches for SC.
Friends of Ravenswood enlisted us to provide refreshments for new parents on the first day of school.
We also transitioned to serving only Kilgus Farms whole and skim milk at both locations.
Local artist Ashleigh Long, owner of Something of a Dandy, began supplying us with all greeting cards at Maiden.
We added Bee Bella lip balms for sale in store at both locations.
Finally, in our inaugural Intergalactic Reading Series, we hosted playwright Samantha Mueller for a reading of her play Laced, directed by Collin.
One of our former FOH managers, Rachael, came back to install the new mural on the west wall of Maiden Voyage. It was so good to see her—check out more of her artwork here!
We provided complimentary desserts for Common Pantry’s I Am Your Neighbor gala.
We began serving locally-brewed Kombuchade at Satellite.
Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, we were able to provide four full Thanksgiving Day meals for local families in need.
We also welcomed Keryn, our new full-time baker, and Arthur became the Maiden Sous Chef.
Finally, we delivered 50 of the 100 bagged lunches to Sarah’s Circle (with the remaining 50 to be delivered in January 2018).
We were invited to take part in our second annual Winter Walk on Wilson at Aardvark Insurance. Thanks Lu and team for hosting us!
Maiden officially became BYOB!
We closed out the year by saying goodbye to Kim, who moved to Edmonton, AB. We’ll miss you, Kim!
What's in store for 2018?
- New menu items include a cream and chicken pasta dish, fried chicken sandwich, and rosemary-roasted potatoes in place of hash browns.
- Liquor at Satellite (FINALLY, WE PROMISE, no later than July 2018).
- A partnership with Kings Hill Farms, a certified organic vegetable farm that will be providing farm shares, available for pick up at Maiden.
We had an eventful 2017 and are looking forward to spending an even busier 2018 with you! As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions/comments/concerns.
All the very best to you and yours,