Bios:

Michael Paulsen
Michael Paulsen, Executive Chef and owner, brings 20 years of experience and enthusiasm for cooking to all aspects of the Abigail's dining experience. "Emphasis on fresh and local ingredients and a connection to place will be the credo here. We're speaking to our customer and neighbors through Abigail's kitchen. The food, the decor, the size and scale of the space and our staff working together creates the ideal neighborhood dining experience. Every dish served is very important to me because there are no strangers in a small restaurant."

In 2009 Michael realized a long-held desire and opened Abigail's. The restaurant expresses his love of cooking and respect for the integrity of local ingredients, in a menu that is reflective of the changing seasons. With a staff that shares a common dedication and vision, Abigail's provides a welcoming atmosphere and a fresh, flavorful menu. The best adventures aren't always far from home.

Cindy Jarvis
Cindy Jarvis brings a broad base of food service and hospitality experience to the management team of Abigail's. Her knowledge of food and wine is extensive, having held a variety of positions in both city and suburban sites around the country. In addition to participating in the launch of a number of restaurants over the years, Cindy and her husband/chef, David, owned and operated a successful restaurant on the North Shore for almost ten years. She is the mother of teenage triplets so organization, a sense of humor, and patience are other attributes you will find as you get to know her.

Evgeni Manolenko
Since arriving to the U.S. in April 2010, Jonn, fluent in 3.5 languages, has worked as a sous chef for South Gate Café in Lake Forest and Sage Grill (before it closed and reopened). Born in the Ukraine and raised in Israel from childhood, he attended culinary school in Israel with several years of cooking and chef training there. Jonn favors Middle Eastern flavors with French influence.

Jason Frank
As a restaurant professional for almost 20 years, Jason has found his home at Abigail's. Jason has worn many different hats during his career in the restaurant industry. Here at Abigail's he is responsible for overseeing some of the day-to-day operations as well as managing the wine program. Jason's philosophy for the wine list is to offer a variety of New World wines that are both unique and approachable.


Abigail's American Bistro       493 Roger Williams Avenue, Highland, Park, Illinois 60035         For reservations call: 847.780.4862
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Philosophy/Mission:
We strive to be an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant with profes-sional services, a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, offering an affordable regional menu with honest and simple preparations.

The decor evokes the character of its neighborhood. The soothing earth tones with splashes of color and creative organic finishes, wooden bistro chairs, long banquettes, and joint tables; all lend themselves to a vibrant social atmosphere.

Informed and professional yet warm and relaxed...there is a sincere effort at Abigail's to educate our staff on all aspects of food and beverage culture. The staff at Abigail's goes to great lengths to make everyone feel at home, and well taken care of.

Our philosophy was born from the love of pure flavor. Using ingredients at their best, capturing the essence of the season will be Abigail's mantra. Abigail's goes to great lengths to procure the best products and prepare them with respect, creating menu items with simple appeal and elevated technique.
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