• Connecting Chicago
    to the best of the Midwest

    We work direct­ly with small local farms and ven­dors
    to ensure qual­i­ty, fresh­ness, and build­ing a robust com­mu­ni­ty
    that encour­ages the best prac­tices and sup­ports our local food sys­tems.

Talk to us

Please use the form—we try to reply within 24 hours. Should you need, our department heads are listed below.

Are you a farmer or producer looking to discuss distribution of your product? Please fill out this form.

You can email us at info@localfoods.com, call the store at (312) 432-6575, or visit any day of the week (11-8 weekdays, 9-6 weekends).

 

local foods market and distribution departments

Head butcher

Rob Levitt

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Acclaimed chef and butcher Rob Levitt trained in some of Chicago’s best kitchens before opening the restaurant Mado in Chicago. Teaching himself the craft of butchery, Rob and his wife Allie started the Butcher & Larder in 2013 at it’s original location on Milwaukee. Rob is on a mission to help you trust your butcher once again.

Executive Chef

Abra Berens

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Abra is the Executive Chef at Local Foods. Abra grew up in the agrarian culture of western Michigan and spent time training at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Vie, Floriole. She is also co-founder of Bare Knuckle Farm, a small-scale, bio-diverse vegetable farm in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula. She strives to make simple, delicious food that celebrates the Midwest. She believes that the meals we eat should change with the seasons and that their ingredients should come from nearby.

Director of Operations

Roy Pugh

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Roy Pugh is the Director of Operations and manages both operations and procurement for Local Foods. Roy learned to appreciate the benefits of local food as a pre teen when he helped plant and maintain the family vegetable garden. After a career in IT and project management, his passion for food led to owning a catering business, working in kitchens on the West Coast and in the Midwest, and ultimately several years learning wholesale food distribution. Roy is passionate about sharing stories of the Midwest’s best producers.

Customer Experience Manager

Michelle Erwin

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Michelle Erwin is the Customer Experience Manager for Local Foods store. After attending the University Of Wisconsin at Madison, Michelle got the food bug—a passion that inspired her return to school to receive her Health Coaching Certificate at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Besides being passionate about making your experience at the store the best that it can be, Michelle really loves vegetables.

Market Manager

Ethan Fischer

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Ethan Fischer is the Market Manager for Local Foods store. Ethan loves small food stores and hails from Green Grocer in Chicago where he managed the store. When not at the store, Ethan and his wife Robyn run Central Pickling, a pickle company making classic dill pickles in handpacked, small batches using local, organic ingredients.

Events Manager

Sandra Mendez

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Sandra Mendez is the Events Manager for Local Foods.

Management

Founder and CEO

Andrew Lutsey

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Andrew Lutsey is founder and CEO of Local Foods. Andrew began a career in finance, but found greater calling on his family’s 1000-acre organic cattle, hog and poultry farm in Door County, WI. Working on the family farm shaped his vision for Local Foods and instilled a passion for supporting Chicago’s farm-to-fork infrastructure. Andrew started Local Foods to simplify the way Midwestern farmers’ products are brought to market, and to share the treasures available on family farms around the Midwest.

Co-founder

Dave Rand

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Dave Rand is a co-founder for Local Foods. He manages sales of Local Foods’ distribution arm. He cultivates relationships with the Midwest’s best farmers and Chicago’s best restaurants, caterers, cafeterias and grocers. Dave knows good food. His background includes work for an Illinois grass-fed cattle ranch, an organic heirloom grain farm, a salmon cannery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and a role as the Farm Forager for Chicago’s Green City Market.

Co-founder

Ryan Kimura

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Ryan Kimura is a co-founder of Local Foods. He manages the marketing and information for Local Foods. An advocate for sustainable food, he has worked with numerous good food organizations including the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and Slow Food Chicago. Previously, he worked in global strategy and technology advisory roles for Deloitte, the largest professional services firm in the world.