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.
Farmhouse Evanston Events Coordinator
Shawn has over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. Through the years he has worked in many aspects of the industry. After initially moving to Chicago from the suburbs of Detroit 8 years ago, he spent two years working in the city where his passion for event management began. In late 2011 the opportunity to move to the small island of Key West arose. He worked as the General Manager for a popular bed and breakfast, and also did lighting and sound design for one of the busiest nightclubs on the island. After 5 years the windy city called him home. Shawn has been with Farmhouse Evanston since May 2016, taking over Event Sales in October 2016. His attention to detail and ability to elevate any event are sure to make your next experience with Farmhouse unforgettable.
Farmheads Partner/Executive Chef
Eric Mansavage, a proud product of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin is passionate about working with local farmers and growers to bring the freshest local produce, meats and dairy to Farmhouse Tavern. Eric’s core philosophy is simple, approachable and carefully crafted foods based on the culinary heritage of the Midwest. Under Eric’s direction, the Farmhouse kitchen has become known for delicious, locally sourced foods executed with tremendous technique. Eric has led our efforts to reach out to various farm-to-fork non-profits and is a member of the Green City Market Board of Directors.
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.
Diane Mulligan is Farmhouse’s Controller, and has spent time working as both a CPA and a restaurant owner. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics with an Accounting Emphasis and doing time in Public Accounting and Asset Management for close to a decade, she opened her first bar in San Francisco in 1998. She has been involved with numerous restaurants in San Francisco either as an owner, controller or management consultant. Diane moved to Chicago in 2007, where she met TJ through mutual friends. She is also an investor in Farmhouse Chicago, Farmhouse Evanston and spends her days keeping Farmhead’s financials in order.