Eileen, a Chicago native, left Chicago right after college to help open the Four Seasons Hotel New York, at the time, the flagship hotel. After her stint in NYC, she moved home to open Tuscany on Clark Street. That’s where she met Chepe. She fell in love with his food and him, in that order. She is sometimes called the mayor of Buona Terra for the way she seems to know everyone and kisses every baby. Since 2017, Eileen splits her time between Buona Terra and Hearth And Crust, BT’s sister restaurant. Eileen and Chepe opened Hearth And Crust in the Irving Park neighborhood in July of 2017.
When you’re a health care worker on your feet, you can’t stop to sit down to eat a meal. From what I understand, a lot of these health care workers have been getting pizza and, after a month of doing this, I would be grateful for the pizza, but I would want something healthy.14 March 2021