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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jan Berghoff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Jan Berghoff on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Jan Berghoff, the wife of third-generation Herman Berghoff and the mother of Carlyn, owned and ran the historic ''Berghoff'' restaurant in Chicago, Illinois for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

From 1973 to 1983, Jan and Herman Berghoff owned and ran the highly successful Tosi's restaurant in Stevensville, Michigan. They returned to Chicago, Illinois in 1986 to buy and run the ''Berghoff''. Jan was involved with food and menu development and Herman ran the business and management side of the restaurant. Jan and her daughter, Carlyn, wrote a cookbook with Nancy Ross Ryan filled with classic recipes and historical information about the family restaurant.

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Titles At Your Library

The Berghoff Family Cookbook: From Our Table to Yours, Celebrating a Century of Entertaining
ISBN: 0740763628

Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2007

Where schnitzel meets ahi tuna for a beer." --New York Times

In The Berghoff Family Cookbook, the fourth generation of Chicago's Berghoff clan presents traditional favorites from the city's famed Berghoff Restaurant alongside contemporary culinary creations.

The history of Chicago's Berghoff Restaurant spanned three generations and 107 years. It was one of America's oldest family-owned restaurants. To commemorate such a rich culinary history, Carlyn Berghoff and her mother, Jan Berghoff, collected 150 of the restaurant's most popular recipes, including classics such as Creamed Spinach, Berghoff Rye Bread, and Wiener Schnitzel. They paired them up with more contemporary offerings such as the Shrimp Martini, Grilled Vegetables with Red Pepper Aoli, and Brie and Raspberry Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to create The Berghoff Family Cookbook: From Our Table to Yours, Celebrating a Century of Entertaining.

* Recipes are presented alongside tempting four-color photographs and informative sidebars that offer tips on dressing salads, serving soups, pairing culinary flavors, and more.

* The book's introductory narrative tells the Berghoff family's story and introduces the next generation of the Berghoff legacy.

Fourth-generation entrepreneur Carlyn Berghoff operates her own catering company, Artistic Events, out of the famous Chicago building at 17 West Adams. She has also opened 17/West at the Berghoff, more casual fare is still offered at the downstairs Cafe, and the Berghoff Cafe still operates out of locations at O'Hare International and Midway airports.

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