Hungry Monkey at Northwestern University’s #SugarAndSpiceSummit

Hungry Monkey is thrilled to be part of Northwestern University’s #SugarAndSpiceSummit showcasing women in the food industry on April 1st! Hungry Monkey will have a pop-up bakery with tastings from 2 PM – 3 PM. Do you know a Northwestern Student interested in learning more about the food industry? This is an awesome opportunity to hear from some of the most influential women in the industry — from journalism (Marissa Conrad, Deputy Food Editor, Chicago Tribune) to restauranteurs (Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate and Rachel Angulo from La Cocinita Restaurant) to cookbook authors & TV Personalities (Gale Gand) and Aarti Sequeira (Food Network Star) – and many more! Northwestern University student tickets are available for $13 (there are also a limited amount of non-Northwestern student tickets available for $30). Hope to see you there!

“A Cake Buffet….oh, and Dinner, too!”

Friends Cindy Kienzle, Owner, The Hungry Monkey Baking Company, LLC., and James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sarah Stegner (co-owner of Prairie Grass Cafe) joined forces for “A CAKE BUFFET….OH, AND DINNER, TOO!” special event. You can read more about it in “Better Than Ramen’s” awesome review below:

Semi-Finalist in the “Peapod’s Next BEST”

In February, 2016, Hungry Monkey Baking’s Signature Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the “Peapod’s Next BEST” on ABC’s Windy City Live talk show. Judges Ina Pinkney (cookbook author, restaurateur), Kevin Pang (James Beard Award-Winning food writer and filmaker) and Alpana Singh (Emmy Award-Winning TV Host) all praised Hungry Monkey. Alpana said: “This may sound funny because it’s a banana bread, but it has an extremely banana-ey taste; and I love how moist it is”! Kevin Pang said “I’m looking at the nutrition label and it’s really pretty healthy for cake; how did you do that?!” Ina Pinkney added “I love the dense, moist cake; and it has great banana flavor.”

Hungry Monkey makes a video for Shark Tank

The Sharks didn’t bite, but here’s the video Shark Tank on ABC asked us to send them!

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Hungry Monkey on Grub Street

Click here to read an article on Hungry Monkey in Grub Street.

Watch Hungry Monkey on NBC 5 Chicago!

Watch the Hungry Monkey Making the Perfect Summer Treat: Frosty S’mores on NBC 5 Chicago!

Hungry Monkey as the Food Find of the Week

In August, 2011, Barbara Rolek featured Hungry Monkey as the Food Find of the Week on (a New York Times company).

Click here to read the review. We feel so fortunate to have Barbara reviewing our sweets; her background includes being a food editor, food writer, restaurant critic, executive chef and pastry chef!

Hungry Monkey featured in Chicago Sun-Times Pioneer Press

Hungry Monkey featured in Chicago Sun-Times Pioneer Press, July 27, 2011!

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Oprah inspired me to start Hungry Monkey

Click here to view HLN’s “Issues” Show with Jane Valez-Mitchell where she showcases the behind-the-scene at Oprah’s final shows at Chicago’s United Center.

Hear how Oprah inspired me to start Hungry Monkey (and get my bird’s eye view on the epic extravaganza with the biggest stars on the planet)!

Hungry Monkey on ABC 7 Chicago

Watch The Hungry Hound’s (ABC 7 News Chicago) segment on The Hungry Monkey Baking Company (aired October 27 & 31, 2010). Steve Dolinsky (The Hungry Hound) is a James Beard Award winning Food Reporter for ABC 7 Chicago, the #1 station in the city.

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