Category: Hive Community

No Chicken Wednesdays in New Lenox?

No Chicken Wednesdays in New Lenox?

Unfortunately it looks like another town has something against food trucks and Florian may not be able to operate there in the future.

If any of you would like to send a message to the Village of New Lenox, Illinois you can do so on their Facebook page.

Dear Country Grill friends in New Lenox!We are facing a challenge at the moment. Maybe you can help!The city is about…

Posted by Country Grill on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Helping Neighbors

Helping Neighbors

Last week, the Happy Belly Chefs received an email from a local resident who has been bringing some items to residents at the St. Elizabeth’s apartments here in Channahon. To those of you who aren’t familiar with the apartments, they are an affordable housing development for seniors with some of the units made available for low income senior tenants. Some of the residents are afraid to venture out during the current situation, not wanting to go to a store for things that they need, like food!! After reading the email and talking with the Happy Belly ladies, we decided to try and help. We are going to take donations on the HiveKitchenstore.com online store so that we can buy supplies and make freezer meals for all of the residents in the complex. There are 48 apartments and we are going to be working this week to gather dietary restrictions/allergy information from one of the on-site managers, and once we have that information we are going to create a menu and donate our time and kitchen time to food businesses that work here to make up as many meals as we can for the residents. Something to know that their neighbors care about them and are here for them. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at hivekitchenstore.com, all proceeds will be spent on food/ingredients for as many meals as we can make.

Hot Hive!

Hot Hive!

A couple of weeks ago we had some really nice weather…outside…but the temp in the kitchen was a little too much. That’s when I discovered our AC had given up. As in it needed to be replaced. In the middle of all of the other things going on. Of course the AC died.

So we made some calls and someone came out immediately. He climbed up on the roof, cane back down and said he could get started immediately. A couple of days later (working around the rain) we had a new AC installed. So if you need some help with your AC since it’s about to start getting warm out there (I think!) give Bacer Sweis a call at N-Case heating and cooling in Minooka. He did good work and he was fast!

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A note about our curbside pickup

A note about our curbside pickup

I saw a post on Facebook tonight that irritated me. A business (not a local one) is charging customers a fee for curbside pickup. It’s being justified as covering the cost of picking your orders and bringing them to your car.

Let me explain something…curbside pickups have been implemented to ensure everyone’s safety and to slow the spread of a virus. There should never be a fee tied to this. Besides all of that, without being allowed to have curbside pickups, a lot of businesses would flat out be closed.

We are EXTREMELY grateful to each and every one of you who are still showing up and getting food from all of the businesses that work here, and I can’t imagine charging you extra for doing that. Ever. You’ve made it possible for us to stay open and pay the bills. Thankful doesn’t begin to describe it.

Important note about The Hive and COVID-19

Important note about The Hive and COVID-19

Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we are closing the Hive Storefront to customers. HOWEVER! We’ve just opened an online store that will allow you to place orders and arrange Hive curbside pickup!

Visit the online store here.

We take the health and wellbeing of our clients and our customers very seriously, so while we apologize for this hopefully temporary change in business arrangements, we want to help everyone get through this as safely and quickly as possible.

Our clients will still be able to use the kitchen for any work they have lined up and they will be providing us with new items to sell online as well. So check back often to see what’s been cooking at The Hive.

What a week! Right!?

What a week! Right!?

So…First off, thank you to everyone who came in and showed a huge amount of support to this place and all of the food businesses that work here. We all really really appreciate it. Monday was a crazy day, and so was Tuesday, then Wednesday started to get back to normal as far as traffic into the kitchen. Yesterday I thought things had calmed down…and then today we went back to crazy town. A lot of people asked if we would be closing due to the new orders today. Yes and no.

The kitchen will remain open for the food businesses who need the space to work. The storefront will not be open to customers. If there is something you want or need, there will be two ways to get it: picking it up outside, or having it delivered. Delivery option at this time will only be available for those in need… if you are in a category considered vulnerable (immunocompromised or elderly) we will work out a delivery. The deliveries will all be no-contact. You can place an order on the phone and pay by credit card or we can give you a total and you can leave payment in an envelope at your door. It is very important that none of us have contact with one another at this point. All other orders will be sidewalk pickup. We will have tables outside and will leave items being picked up on the tables in bags with names clearly visible. Hours are to be determined.

I know this is weird. This is new territory for all of us. But the most important thing here is keeping everyone safe while we try to maintain a little bit of normalcy in all of the chaos. We will start this on Tuesday. Monday the kitchen will be full with private chef jobs and Florian prepping chicken for his Tuesday location. Tomorrow he will be parked as usual at River Hawk Brewing, so if you usually stop by to see him on Saturday, stop by to see him tomorrow. Practice your social distancing wherever you go, 6 feet of space between you and anyone you encounter. So just throw your money at him and he will throw chicken at you.

We’ll work this all out. Try to keep your sense of humor because all of this is pretty damn depressing and scary sometimes. We’ll keep doing our part and you keep doing yours and soon enough we will all get through this.

The Hive Kitchen 815-922-7540
25520 Pheasant Lane Unit D Channahon IL 60410