Farmhouse Evanston Executive Chef
Garrett VanBergen was born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago. His love for creating unique dishes started with his first job during high school working at a local pizzeria where he would create his own specials using all the fresh ingredients on hand. Attending culinary arts school, Garrett was able to master the culinary techniques while combining them with his love of flavor. He takes great pride in his kitchen at Farmhouse and wants every guest to enjoy eating his dishes as much as he has enjoyed creating them. Garrett currently lives in Chicago with his fiancée, Jordana, and their rescue dog, Ember.
Farmhouse Evanston General Manager
New to the Chicago market, but hardly new to the restaurant and hospitality world, Phil Cocco comes to Farmhouse Evanston most recently from New England where he spent the last 15 years managing, consulting and owning various restaurants and hospitality venues. With more than 30 years in the business and career stops in San Francisco, Vermont, Cape Cod, New Orleans, Boston and Maine, Phil has worked in almost every type of restaurant, hotel, night club and resort. No stranger to the kitchen, Phil has a huge passion for local food and the “Honest to the Heartland” Farmhouse motto is how he lives his life. “ When I found a restaurant like Farmhouse Evanston that shared the same values and beliefs that I have, I knew I found my home”. Phil now resides in Evanston with his wife Liz and her two boys. He hopes to bring the Evanston community closer in touch with Farmhouse for years to come.
Recently a Farmhouse Tavern guest asked TJ what he did before he entered the restaurant business. His response was ‘Junior High.” A career restaurant leader, TJ has done everything you can do in the business from being a fry cook and bartender, GM of a $7MM TGI Friday’s, F & B Director of a ski area to restructuring $200 MM restaurant companies. His focus at Farmhouse is finance, accounting, strategy and systems. TJ’s undergraduate degree is in hospitality from the University of Massachusetts and has a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. TJ lives in Lakeview with his wife Molly McCombe and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Originally from Ireland, Ferdia Doherty was on his way to South America when he met Nora Gainer in an Irish Bar in River North. A career marketing professional, Ferdia had a successful career with Frankel and Company, Hal Riney, Euro RSCG and Publicis. Ferdia later founded Rain Communications, an integrated marketing communications and strategy firm. Ferdia’s focus at Farmhouse is front of the house operations, marketing and community outreach. Ferdia and his wife Nora Gainer live in Lincoln Park with three children, Bebhinn, Aonghus and Maude.