Swirl Cafe

COFFEE & BAKERY FOOD TRUCK

We specialize in irresistible baked treats, exceptional fair-trade sourced coffee and espresso beverages – crafted locally and served with passion at farmer's markets, office buildings and events. 

Our Story

MEET CHEF & PROPRIETOR BETSIE BAYLESS BROWN

Swirl Cafe evolved out of a dream and a career change all rolled into one. Today we're a Coffee & Bakery Food Truck serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with amazing beverage choices and our own artisan baked goods. You'll find us at farmer's markets, office buildings, and special events all over the northern suburbs of Chicago. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and subscribe below to be notified of our schedule.

 

Betsie, our chef and proprietor, spent the better part of the last two decades raising children, concentrating on her family, working part time and volunteering within the community.  When her twins went off to college, she was faced with returning to the full-time corporate workforce. After intense soul searching, and recognition that she no longer wished to swim with the sharks but rather cook for them instead, she decided to, go back to school, hone her craft and pursue chef certifications in the culinary and pastry arts.
 
Betsie also discovered and forged a partnership with an uncommonly discerning small-batch coffee roaster. She believes that if you’re going to spend good money for a cup of coffee, it better be a great cup of coffee! So, she learned what it takes to truly make a great cup of coffee!
 
Combining her love of coffee and talent for creating sweet and savory offerings, the idea for Swirl Cafe was born. Beginning with the Grayslake Farmer’s Market in 2013, Swirl Cafe introduced their signature “Sticky Bun” and specialty light and dark roast coffees to enjoy at the market, or to purchase for home brewing.
 
The new venture has launched with the tireless help of friends and family who share our love of great coffee and unique treats. We expanded our menu and offerings in 2014 to serve from the mobile cafe truck, and built a commercial kitchen to support it.

Thanks for your interest in our business!

 

What We Do

Coffee

HOT & ICED

DRIP & ESPRESSO

LATTES & SPECIALS

Entrees

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

Bakery

ENGLISH MUFFINS

SCONES

CINNAMON ROLLS

Treats

COOKIES

DESSERT BARS

SMOOTHIES & SODAS

The Beans

FAIR-TRADE SOURCED​ QUALITY

While coffee is the second largest commodity traded in the world, quality coffee is a lot like a fine wine. Region, weather, variety of bean and how the “cherry” is harvested all play a key role in the quality of the final product.

 

Equally important to Swirl Cafe is that the global farmers and processors of the coffee we serve are paid fairly for their products. And, our coffee is sourced through those who are dedicated to small-batch roasting, guaranteeing the optimal flavor and quality.

 

The attention to detail ensures a cup of coffee from Swirl Cafe will be memorable, and the experience of seeing it prepared will be fun. Visit us for a cup prepared fresh, or pre-order a one pound bag of the divine beans to take home. We grind to order.

"Only the best and freshest will do. All ingredients are selected with an eye for high quality, sustainability, and the flavors that will produce the unique combinations of taste that we insist upon for Swirl Cafe products."

- BETSIE BAYLESS BROWN -

The Food

CHEF INSPIRED & ARTISAN BAKED

Our mobile cafe can be scheduled at your doorstep, as a company sponsored event, or for individual orders. Additionally, with sufficient notice, we can craft a catered breakfast or break for your company meeting or special event. We custom-create gift baskets, cakes, dessert tables and more. Please call us for details.

For farmer's markets you'll find our tables filled with packaged to-go cookies, scones, english muffins and more. Plus we offer a selection of breakfast items or main entrees to enjoy on location.

For office buildings and special events you can order single-serve baked goods at our window, as well as our sandwiches, calzones, salads and other goodies depending on the weather, time of day and season. Check our menus for weekly offerings, and order-ahead when we are scheduled at an office building to grab a quick bite and caffeination choice to head back to work without waiting in line.

 

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Contact Me

betsiebrown@swirlcafe.com / TEL: 847.414.3806

Please contact Chef Betsie to schedule a truck visit to your location, order catering or quote custom creations

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