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: Thursday, September 19th
Sweet Potato
Mixed Bean
Creamy Spinach

Check out our full lunch menu here!

Upcoming Cooking Classes

French Farm House | $ 50
Tuesday, October 15th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Watercress beet & walnut salad, Warm lentil and bacon salad, Mussels cooked in cider

The Cooking of Chez Panisse | $50
Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Recipes from the famous restaurant in San Francisco! Fish in breadcrumbs, Swiss chard frittata, Onion tart, Strawberry ice cream

World’s Best Breakfast | $50
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Eggs benedict with chives, Potato frittata, Banana pancakes

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!