Our Story

 Meet Chicago Flavas 

Welcome to Chicago Flavas, an emerging food business proudly owned and operated by African American women from the heart of Chicago. Our mission is creating oils and sauces that elevate your sandwiches, salads, and sautés from simple to well-seasoned and memorable meals. At Chicago Flavas, we are more than just a business; we are a celebration of heritage, culture, and the power of diversity that food can bring.


Our Story:

Founded by Wanake Scheaffer, a visionary African American woman with a passion for cooking and a dream of sharing her flavorful creations with the world. What started as a small venture from her own kitchen has blossomed into a beloved culinary haven in the heart of Chicago. Wanake Schaeffer draws inspiration from her rich heritage and family traditions, infusing each dish with love and soulful flavors that evoke cherished memories of home-cooked meals.


Our Mission:

At Chicago Flavas, our mission is to delight taste buds, warm hearts, and create lasting connections through the art of food. We are dedicated to honoring the traditions and influences of African American cuisine while embracing the diverse cultural tapestry that defines Chicago's food landscape.


Why We Stand Out:

Our commitment to excellence and rich flavor profiles set us apart. From the moment you taste our flavorful creations, you will experience the genuine care we pour into every aspect of our business. From sourcing the finest ingredients to crafting each dish with passion, we ensure an unparalleled dining experience that reflects the essence of African American culinary heritage.


Community and Empowerment:

At Chicago Flavas, we believe in giving back to the community that has supported us wholeheartedly. We actively engage with local organizations, sponsor events, and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, striving to uplift and empower the next generation of African American culinary talents.


Equity and Inclusivity:

Our kitchen is a melting pot of talent, where diverse minds and backgrounds come together in perfect harmony. We embrace and celebrate our collective experiences that enrich our craft and elevate our creations.

No matter the hardships or the setbacks life brought, the tough times somehow would fade into the background once we were at the table together. It’s no accident that I’ve found my purpose in the kitchen. For me, cooking is how I’ve been able to bring folks together. For some it’s the taste they only get when they’re in Chicago. For some it’s a smell that evokes a special memory. In a world that’s so disconnected, folks need whatever they can get to bring them closer together. Chicago Flavas brings together the flavors that remind you of what’s important.