Wednesday – Sunday from 5:30 PM.
Sunday 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tim grew up in a multi-ethnic family -German mother, Mexican father- in Chicago’s far northern suburbs. After time at Kendall College, Tim earned significant experience in some of the city’s finest kitchens, including positions at Le Francais and NoMi. Before ultimately landing here at North Pond in early 2011, Tim worked his way up to Executive Chef at Bistro Bordeaux, creating and managing the updated classics in Evanston.
One of Tim’s earliest food memories followed a reading of Hansel and Gretel,when Hansel attempted to push his own grandma in the oven, as she bent over to check a roast! We’re glad to have him as part of the North Pond family now, helping manage the kitchen staff here, often bent over checking the various meats, seafood and vegetables on our menu.- back to top -
Chef & Partner
A native Chicagoan, Bruce Sherman traveled the world developing his culinary knowledge before returning home to Chicago’s dining community. As Chef and Partner at Lincoln Park’s North Pond, Sherman utilizes influences accumulated in Paris, Southeast Asia and London to produce his contemporary French-American, innovative, seasonal cuisine.
Born and raised in Chicago, Sherman attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Economics. Having grown up the son of a banker, Sherman thought he would have an “office career” – he would become a banker, lawyer or doctor, perhaps. While studying abroad at the London School of Economics and experiencing all that is European, he had a life-altering realization, allowing Sherman to recognize that he could choose any career he pleased. Over the years, he had always enjoyed watching his Mom cook, as she comfortably experimented with new flavors and cuisines, and he decided to pursue a career in the restaurant field. Upon his return to the States, Sherman graduated and moved to Boston, where he began a career in restaurant management. Unable to satisfy his creative urge as a manager, he moved to the back of the house, working as a cook and absorbing all facets of kitchen life. He moved next to Washington, D.C., where he broadened his foodservice knowledge by starting a catering company, one he continued to run until selling the business in 1993. When Sherman’s wife had an opportunity to work in India, they jumped at the chance.
Over the following four years in New Delhi, India, Sherman immersed himself in the local culture, particularly the local cuisine. Making daily trips to the corner vegetable “wallah” (vendor) forced him to cook only with what was available each day, what was fresh and seasonal. The experience in India profoundly influenced his cooking, but not in the obvious manner – the notion of seasonality developed while living in India was as great an influence as the understanding of the flavors and usage of the diverse regional spices. While in India, Sherman consulted for regional palace hotels, teaching local Rajasthani cooks to prepare Western food for the visiting tourists. He also completed personal studies to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the indigenous spices and cookery, specifically of the Keralan Malabar Coast.
Sherman then moved to Paris and enrolled at the École Superieure de Cuisine Française to solidify his culinary knowledge. He completed the yearlong comprehensive program, supplementing his studies with jobs at a number of highly regarded restaurants. Sherman refined his already-advanced culinary skills, developing a personal style clearly grounded in French technique yet clearly corresponding to the season. The following year, he returned to Chicago, working under some of the top toques in town.
In 1999, Sherman accepted the position as Chef at North Pond and has been dazzling diners with his broadly influenced, subtle, seasonal cuisine ever since. Sherman was honored by Food & Wine as one of America’s “Best New Chefs” in 2003; then in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and again in 2011, he was nominated by the esteemed James Beard Foundation in the “Best Chef: Great Lakes Region” category, winning the award in 2012. In 2008, Share Our Strength named him “Most Sustainable Chef” at the Chicago Taste of the Nation event and later that year, he accepted the position as National Board Chair of Chefs Collaborative, a position he still holds.- back to top -
Greg is a proud Chicago native who grew up in the western suburbs and graduated from Kendall College. After having worked in a number of local restaurant kitchens, he returned to the classroom to earn another culinary degree, this from the esteemed French Pastry School. While there, Greg also spent time working here in the North Pond pastry kitchen.
Upon completing his pastry degree, Greg headed west to Yountville, California to spend several years in the pastry department of Thomas Keller’s legendary French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery restaurants. He next moved on to help open the Cavallo Point Resort in Sausalito before ultimately heading back to Chicago to assume the role of Pastry Chef here at North Pond. His pastry creations have been wowing diners here since 2010.- back to top -
We are proud to work with these producers.
- American Grass Fed Beef, Doniphan, MO
- Anson Mills, Columbia, SC
- Becker Lane Organic, Dyersville, IA
- Bleu Mont Dairy, Blue Mounds, WI
- Burton’s Maplewood Farm, Medora, IN
- Capriole Goat Cheese Greenville, IN
- City Farm, Chicago, IL
- Ellis Family Farms, Benton Harbor, MI
- Garden to Be
- Genesis Growers, Saint Anne, IL
- Grass is Greener Gardens, Monroe, WI
- Green Acres Farm, North Judson, IN
- Harmony Valley Farm, Viroqua WI
- Heritage Prairie, La Fox, IL
- Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
- Hillside Orchards, Berrien Springs, MI
- Hope Creamery, Ellendale, MN
- Iron Creek Farm, Saint Joseph, MI
- Jamison Farm, Latrobe, PA
- Keewaydin Farms, Viola, WI
- Kings Hill Farm, Mineral Point, WI
- Kinnikinnick Farm, Caledonia, IL
- Klug Farm St. Joseph, MI
- La Pryor Farms, Ottawa, IL
- La Quercia, Norwalk, IA
- Leaning Shed Farm, Berrien Springs, MI
- Lofoten Fish Company, Petersburg, AK
- MacFarlane Pheasants Janesville, WI
- Majinola Meats Panama, IA
- Maple Creek Farm, Waukesha, WI
- Mick Klug Farms, Benton Harbor, MI
- Montalbano Farms, Sandwich, IL
- Nichols Farm, Marengo, IL
- Painted Hills Natural Beef Fossil, OR
- Prarie Fruit Farm, Champaign, IL
- Rising C Ranches, Orange Cove, CA
- Rushing Waters Fisheries, Palmyra, WI
- Shooting Star Farm, Mineral Point, WI
- Snug Haven Farm, Belleville, WI
- Spence Farm, Fairbury, IL
- Stone Circle Farm, Reeseville, WI
- Sweet Grass Dairy Thomasville, GA
- Three Sisters Garden, Kankakee, IL
- Uplands Cheese Company, Dodgeville, WI
- Werp Farms Buckley, MI
At North Pond we believe it important to link concern for sustainable cuisine to the pleasures of everyday fine dining. In an effort to make this connection, one dollar has been added to the price of each of the bottles of wine on the list as a donation to the non-profit charitable organizations listed below.
We match each of these donations with an additional dollar from our restaurant revenue, in order to double the contribution to these vital organizations. Their inclusion on the list is based on their work to help preserve diverse food choices, contribute to the local community, support local farmers, and help commit to a more sustainable future. Please feel free to contact the groups directly if you wish to find out more about the important charitable work they do.
Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund
With the catastrophe in the gulf spiraling each day, the principal of Gulfish –one of our seafood partners– has organized a fundraiser to address the issues and needs of the fishermen and -women whose families, communities and livelihoods depend on their work. These ultimate beneficiaries will be reached through the work of the recently-formed Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, administered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Help us bring minor, financial relief to those (once again) punished by (another) horrible ecological disaster.
Angelic Organics Learning Center
A regional leader in helping urban and rural people build local food systems. Programs offered stress hands-on learning and training for family members, community members and aspiring farmers. The Learning Center strives –through change– to renew understandings and relationships between farms, people, their communities and the land we all share.
Green City Market
Chicago’s only fully sustainable green market. Now over ten years old, the market improves the availability of a diverse range of high quality foods; connects local producers and farmers to chefs, restaurateurs, food organizations, and the public; and supports small family farms and promotes a healthier society through education and appreciation for local, fresh, sustainably-raised produce and products.
A national network of food professionals promoting sustainable cuisine by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal and artisanal cooking. The organization seeks to support local farmers and economies, preserve diversity and traditional practices, and educate the community about the interconnectedness of the environment and our food choices.
From time to time, we present a "Seasonal Chicago" newsletter featuring some of the seasonal foods available in and around Chicago, as well as the people responsible for growing, producing, and distributing them. We look to highlight issues important to promoting sustainable, organic, artisanal farming in the Midwest and across the country.
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