Christine Cikowski

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Chef/Owner, Sunday Dinner Club & Honey Butter Fried Chicken

At Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, Christine Cikowski serves a menu mindful of just how comforting food can be, especially when made with high-quality ingredients sourced from local farmers and enhanced ever so subtly with chefly touches. Opening the restaurant in fall 2013 served as the culmination of several elements for Cikowski: putting her and Chef/Owner Josh Kulp’s ideas into a brick-and-mortar restaurant; continuing the community they built around Sunday Dinner Club, which they’d founded in 2005; and creating a business at which they’d want to work, backed by business principles that embodied valuing employees. “It was challenging to put ourselves out there, and humbling to open a restaurant and actually have it be successful,” Cikowski says. “I think our progressive business practices set us apart, like paying employees living wages, on the path to thriving wages in the future, and offering health insurance and good quality of life. We can see the positive effects of offering these benefits, and it’s changing people’s lives for the better, which in turn changes our business for the better.”