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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Yummy: Bennison's Bakery in Evanston

We finally made to the most recommended bakery on our "new bakeries to try out in Evanston" list - Bennison's on Davis street. We ordered our favorites; chocolate brownie without nuts, strawberry tart and lemon bar. Everything was crazy sweet, freshly made, affordable and delicious. Bennison's is best known for its traditional European bakery items and breads and we look forward to exploring the entire menu in upcoming visits. Thank you everyone who recommended this delicious bakery, keep the recommendations coming by sending me an email right now to

Bennison's Bakery is located at 1000 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201, (847) 328-9434

From the Bennison's website About Us page:

Bennison’s Bakery has been a North Shore institution since 1938, earning a reputation as a high quality full line bakery with emphasis on European style pastries, cookies, and custom decorated cakes.

Larry Bennison brought his bakin savvy to Evanston from Janesville, Wisconsin in 1938. His “Dairy State” roots led to high quality offerings in the bakery, made with cream, real butter, fresh buttermilk , and freshly cracked eggs. Guy Downer, who had worked for Standard Brands and sold coffee to Bennison's originally, purchased the bakery from the Bennison family in 1967 and took over operations, continuing on the traditions started by Larry Bennison and expanding the product line, while still maintaing the high quality that people had come to expect.

In 1975 Guy’s son Jory came aboard, learning the craft from his father and attending culinary school and classes to improve his skill, eventually achieving the rank of Certified Master Baker from the Retail Bakery Association. Jory then used this skill to not only increase the quality of the products Bennison's offers, but to also win the grand prize at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris in 2005, establishing himself as one of the best bakers in the world.

Bennison’s Bakery is one of the few bakeries in the country to employ two Certified Master Bakers. Both Jory Downer and Efrain Tirado completed the training and testing required to obtain this certification, the highest level a baker can achieve. It ensures that both are at the top of their field, and that the products you get from Bennison’s will always be of the highest quality.

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Thank you for reading my new blog "Evanston Newbie", a recent project that I am using to chronicle my new life in Evanston. Do you have favorite Evanston bakeries, bike shops, events that you can recommend? Send me an email at and I will post my review on this blog. -Lisa Degliantoni

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