Enjoy Food, Enjoy Life! | (847) 259-9510 | 105 West Prospect Avenue in downtown Mount ProspectSend Dave an Email


At Dave’s Specialty Foods, awesome food is standard and service is always with a smile! Chef-owner Dave Esau has been in the gourmet restaurant business for 32 years ( he still retains his high energy! ) and brings his experience to suburban Chicago and your catered party.

We believe in real food cooked by real people with real passion.

Our intimate, customized, in-home catered dinners for 10 get the exact same, 100% homemade food, special attention and quality as our catered weddings and large events for 300. Our hundreds of ecstatic customers all share the same opinion: “Dave’s is awesome!”

Store Hours

Tuesday thru Saturday | 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday & Monday | Closed
Catering | 7 days a week

Stop by for lunch!

We offer awesome homemade soups, fresh panini sandwiches, and tasty pastries. Dine-in, or take it to-go!

Soups of the day: Friday, July 19
Sweet Potato
Mexican Bean with Bacon

Check out our full lunch menu here!

Upcoming Cooking Classes

Knife Skills | $55
Tuesday, August 6th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
I will cut, you will cut, we will ALL cut! Bring your knives and leave more confident! 

Dudes On the Grill | $60
Tuesday, August 20th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Outdoor summer grilling series! Smokey wings with orange and horseradish, Guinness grilled shrimps, Spicy ribeyes with tomato chutney

Veggies That Don’t Suck | $50
Tuesday, September 3rd | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Outdoor summer grilling series! Sicilian eggplant with arugula salad, Grilled leeks with lemon vinaigrette, Grilled veggie tacos

Complete cooking class schedule here!


Thank you for making Allison and Chase’s wedding a great event. Your food and staff were fantastic. Everyone we talk to says they had a great time at the wedding. Thanks again to your staff for all the help with the clean up. You get four stars **** and a Michelin rating in our book.

  • Catering

    Large Events to Intimate Gatherings

    Do something different- Stay home and let Dave do the cooking!!!

  • Wedding Catering

    We love weddings!

    We provide awesome catering for your special day!

  • Cooking Classes

    Good food, times, and company! 

    Come and learn what Dave is cooking at the shop! BYOB and we provide the rest!