The Chef and The Baker

Gourmet Eats and Homemade Sweets

Karen and I are a husband and wife team, two dedicated culinarians who just want to share all of the tasty treats that we have learned along our epicurean adventures. We have decided to make a go of becoming small business owners in Peoria, Illinois and we hope that you will come and be a part of our growing enterprise. We look forward to bringing tasteful experiences to your home, office, or if you just want to walk in and say hello. Please keep checking back frequently as we will be updating our page daily. Bon Appetit!

[07/15/17] Happy 3rd Anniversary to us! Cookies to show our appreciation!!!

Come by and check out our newest art piece for the shop!!!! It was done by this talented young man from the Netherlands named Ard Doko. He did this for us Monday while we were closed. Thanks to everyone who turned us to this talented artist!!!!

[06/29/17] We will be closed through 6/29-7/4 for a family passing, we will reopen the July 5th at our normal business hours. Thanks your your understanding.

We would love to thank everyone who nominated us for Peoria's Best of the Best!!!!The Baker didn't win first place, nor did she come in out of the 150,000 votes, it truly is an honor that all of you in Peoria (and the rest of central Illinois) chose to recognize our little Mom n Pop Shop as a special place. Thank everyone so much, it means the world to us that you think so highly of us - without you there would be no us.

[05/10/17] It is with great sadness that I write this post, but we will be closed Friday the 12th to go honor a man who was influential in my formidable teen years. We will reopen on Saturday the 13th. Sorry for the inconvenience.

After much kneading, baking, braising, frosting, pickling.....we won!!!:) Love to thank Roxy Baker and the Peoria Jaycees for inviting us to such a wonderful event!!!! And I can't most certainly can't forget to thank our great friend Luci (who for some reason doesn't come up on the fb friends list).

[04/21/17] We would to announce that we will be closing slightly earlier at 2:30 on Friday April 21st to participate in raising money for Juvenile Diabetes with the Peoria Jaycees. Sorry in advance for the inconvenience. See everyone tomorrow!

- Journal Star

Voting ends in a couple weeks, it would mean a lot to us to hear from you. We are fortunate enough to be in not one but five categories!!! Those being:
Caterer, Bakery, Sandwich Shop, Business Lunch, and Desserts.
Karen and I would like to thank everyone for taking a few minutes out of their day to vote in those categories! Be sure to stop in and check out our new menu that starts this week. Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. Journal Star ~ Peoria, IL 61643 ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service

Come on down for some St. Patty's day meat snacks and sweet!:)

[03/13/17] Well, CnB fans....that time of year has come once again to bring you new foods for the spring/summer menu!!!! We will be switching over next week on March 21st. I won't bore you with the whole menu, but here are a couple of Sammies and Greens that are making a debut next week:
Tahitian Salad: Farm fresh spinach served with mandarin oranges, charred pineapple, crisp won tons, grape tomatoes, toasted almonds, roasted bell peppers accompanied by a Thai vinaigrette.
Seared Tuna Salad: Hearty Arcadia greens served with seared sushi grade tuna, pickled diakon radish, sliced English cucumbers, thinly sliced red onions, edamame, and grape tomatoes accompanied by an Ginger soy vinaigrette.
Spicy Beef: Gourmet roast beef thinly sliced and pile high on our house made ciabatta roll accompanied by a whole grain mustard and cranberry boursin spread served with farm fresh tomatoes, thin sliced red onions, and crisp lettuce.
Five-O: Thinly sliced Black Forest ham layered on top of a roasted red pepper tortilla spread with a pineapple chutney served with provolone cheese, sliced red onions, crisp lettuce and farm fresh roma tomatoes.
The Georgian: Delicious shaved Black Forest ham served with sliced aged white cheddar cheese from Ropp Dairy in Normal, IL, a bourbon peach jam with farm fresh roma tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, and crisp lettuce.
The Hadron: A signature vegetarian item created to help promote the Sculpture Walk in downtown Peoria! A Thai ginger tortilla filled with a black bean and roasted poblano spread,vermicelli noodles tossed in a saffron aioli, sliced English cucumbers, Danish havarti cheese, farm fresh roma tomatoes, red onions and crisp lettuce.
Just to name a few things.....
Be sure to check back next week for other tasty lunch snacks that have been added!!! Who knows, you might just see one of your favorites....Thanks again P-Town for all of your support!

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106 E McClure Ave
Peoria, IL

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 4pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4pm
Friday 10:30am - 4pm
Saturday 10:30am - 3pm
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