• 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 (10-8 weekdays, 9-6 Saturday, 10-6 Sunday).


Director of Sales

Dan Dahir


Dan Dahir is the Director of Sales for Local Foods. A decorated sales veteran, Dan found his calling when he spent nearly a decade working in broadline food distribution. He loves working with chefs in Chicago to help them source the best possible food for their restaurants. An Iowa native who attended the University of Iowa, Dan is passionate about supporting local farmers and telling their stories. Dan and his wife, Jennifer, have 2 children.

Store Purchasing Manager

Ethan Fischer


Ethan Fischer is the Store Purchasing Manager for Local Foods. 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.


Andrew Lutsey


Andrew Lutsey is founder 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.


Dave Rand


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.