After a few years of serving the Chicago area through farmer’s markets, Zeitlin’s Delicatessen hopes to one day open a brick-and-mortar.
The fast-growing company has already made a splash in the community for its delicious food and compassion toward those in need. Founder Sam Zeitlin moved to the city in 2018 from the Maryland/ DC area with a background in fine dining. The culinary graduate got into baking in Chicago and became passionate about making sourdough bread at home. During the pandemic, Zeitlin launched his company, which now includes a commissary kitchen, catering, wholesale, and pop-up events.
Before Zeitlin started the company, he would wander Chicago looking for Jewish bagels or soul food, two staples to his childhood. After not finding any authentic options, he decided to be the solution to the problem. While the company is currently focused on production, Zeitlin believes he will one day open a storefront where customers can sit and enjoy various drinks, sandwiches, and other snacks. He tells What Now Chicago this dream could become a reality in a year and a half, maybe two.
When everything is up and running, Zeitlin hopes to use the space to feed the homeless, give back to the community, connect with families, and teach about Jewish culture. The business will take steps to achieve this generous act when Sam and his brother Hal launch Knishes for Chicago, a charitable arm dedicated to feeding Chicagoans without access to food. Those who want to try this delicious authentic Jewish food can find them at various farmer’s markets in Chicagoland, including the 61st Street Farmers Market.