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: Saturday, June 15
We Are Open — No Soups Today. 

Check out our full lunch menu here!

Upcoming Cooking Classes

Girl on Grill | $50
Tuesday, July 16th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Outdoor summer grilling series! Smoked chicken with pineapple relish, Watermelon & arugula salad, Pasta with grilled “green stuff”

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 | $50
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

Complete cooking class schedule here!


I rarely take the time to write a review but this catering service deserves 10 stars. I threw a special surprise B-day party for my wife and invited 40 of her lifetime friends. All the typical restaurants and wineries were booked so a friend recommended Dave’s. It was local and it was special.

  • 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!