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Co-Owner

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Background

Employment History

  • Co-Owner
    Max's Delicatessen & Restaurant
  • Owner and Chef
    Max's Deli
  • Student
    Highland Park High School

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • degree , Speech Communication and Restaurant Management
    University of Illinois
  • Kendall College Culinary School
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Web References

The Kitchen Chicks recently went into ...
highlandpark.suntimes.com, 4 Jan 2014 [cached]

The Kitchen Chicks recently went into partnership with Joey Morelli, co-owner of Max’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Highland Park. The two companies handle a large volume of business, and have created a new catering division. Shown here: Marinated skirt steak, Yukon mashed and steamed broccoli.

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The Kitchen Chicks recently went into partnership with Joey Morelli, co-owner of Max's Delicatessen & Restaurant in Highland Park. The two companies handle a large volume of business, and have created a new catering division.
"Joey shared our philosophy of healthy eating and quality food, and in his kitchen with his staff, we can really maximize our business," said Polisner, who explained that all the food is now cooked in the kitchen at Max's.
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"I've been cooking healthy meals and have been catering since 1999," said Morelli, a Kendall College Culinary school graduate, who owns Max's with his brother, Greg and their cousin, Stacy Katz.
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"I have been building these recipes since 1999," Morelli said.
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The Kitchen Chicks recently went into partnership with Joey Morelli, co-owner of Max’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Highland Park. The two companies handle a large volume of business, and have created a new catering division. Shown here: Marinated skirt steak, Yukon mashed and steamed broccoli.

Highland Park Archives - What's Happening! Community Newspapers
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Joey Morelli, board member of Stand Up for Kids- Chicago and chef and co-owner of Max's Delicatessen & Restaurant, has been providing his time, kitchen and cooking skills to Stand Up For Kids for nearly a year.
Believe in your FairyTale | Live Internet Talk Radio | Best Shows Podcasts
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The Kitchen Chicks has now co-partnered with Joey Morelli, owner and chef of Max's Deli, and have now added corporate clients to their data base.
Oy!Chicago - He’s A Brick House
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When I called Chef Joey Morelli to see if I could interview him for this article, the first thing he did was propose. Upon discovering that he had gone to high school with a cousin of mine, and that the last name we share is my maiden name, his response was an enthusiastic "You're single? Awesome!
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This enthusiasm for life is apparent in all aspects of Joey Morelli's personality, and is at the heart of what makes his place such a success, and what keeps people coming back.
Joey was born in Chicago in 1970, son of an Italian father and a Jewish mother, and was raised in Highland Park. If ever there were two cultures that are opposite sides of the same coin, Joey thinks that Italian and Jewish are it. As he likes to say, both are steeped in traditions of family, food and bickering. His palate was trained early, some of his fondest memories of being at his grandmother's elbow in the kitchen. He jokingly refers to visits with family being about "Having eight meals before you get to go home. The Jewish holidays in his home were mostly secular, centered again on culinary traditions. The blending of the two traditions included decorating the Christmas tree one year with bagels and bialys as ornaments and a Star of David on top.
At home, in a twist that Joey recalls fondly, his dad was the one who made breakfast every day for the family, beautiful omelets and frittatas, and it was these recipes that Joey remembers as being his first forays into trying his own hand at cooking.
While a student at Highland Park High School, Joey worked at Beinlich's, the HP staple Sunset Foods and as a dishwasher at JB Winberie's. After completing a degree in Speech Communication and Restaurant Management at University of Illinois, Joey attended Kendall College Culinary School, and did internships at local fine-dining restaurants before leaving Chicago for Arizona, where he worked at the Arizona Biltmore.
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The kitchen works on the delivery service items during the day, and handles the restaurant business at night, and Joey oversees all of it.
"It's exhausting, I would never recommend it, I would never tell anyone to live like I live…you have to have a life, you have to have a vacation now and again…DON'T BE LIKE ME!"
Oy26 Nosh2
Joey Morelli is one animated character
Joey might be emphatic in his belief that he is probably doing it wrong, sacrificing too much, burning the candle at both ends-and at a couple places in the middle--but he says it with a little too much relish. This is a man who is passionate about everything he does, and it shows. In addition to his life at the restaurant, where you are likely to find his Mom playing hostess, or brother Greg delivering your drink, he and the family also indulge their boisterous sides every Saturday from 12-2 on AM 820, on their weekly radio show, Family Values With An Oy Vey! It's mostly political but just about any topic might come into play on a given day. Ask about the new increase in city tax at restaurants to 10.25% and you'll get an earful about the current administration not helping the small business owners during a tough economy. Tune into the show and you might catch Mom calling in, or Dad storming out…it is clear where Joey gets his passionate nature.
Those passions are serving him well. Joey brings a fine-dining sensibility to a casual dining restaurant, focusing on fresh ingredients, making everything from scratch, and providing it at prices that make for an affordable meal out.
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Nor was it a surprise that I like Joey as much as I do. When you have the perfect intersection of passion, training, and commitment to quality, with a decent sense of humor on top, you're hard pressed to go wrong on either count. We might not actually be getting married, but if he's cooking, I'm definitely coming for dinner.
When I called Chef Joey Morelli ...
www.oychicago.com [cached]
When I called Chef Joey Morelli to see if I could interview him for this article, the first thing he did was propose. Upon discovering that he had gone to high school with a cousin of mine, and that the last name we share is my maiden name, his response was an enthusiastic "You're single? Awesome!
...
This enthusiasm for life is apparent in all aspects of Joey Morelli's personality, and is at the heart of what makes his place such a success, and what keeps people coming back.
Joey was born in Chicago in 1970, son of an Italian father and a Jewish mother, and was raised in Highland Park. If ever there were two cultures that are opposite sides of the same coin, Joey thinks that Italian and Jewish are it. As he likes to say, both are steeped in traditions of family, food and bickering. His palate was trained early, some of his fondest memories of being at his grandmother's elbow in the kitchen. He jokingly refers to visits with family being about "Having eight meals before you get to go home." The Jewish holidays in his home were mostly secular, centered again on culinary traditions. The blending of the two traditions included decorating the Christmas tree one year with bagels and bialys as ornaments and a Star of David on top.
At home, in a twist that Joey recalls fondly, his dad was the one who made breakfast every day for the family, beautiful omelets and frittatas, and it was these recipes that Joey remembers as being his first forays into trying his own hand at cooking.
While a student at Highland Park High School, Joey worked at Beinlich's, the HP staple Sunset Foods and as a dishwasher at JB Winberie's. After completing a degree in Speech Communication and Restaurant Management at University of Illinois, Joey attended Kendall College Culinary School, and did internships at local fine-dining restaurants before leaving Chicago for Arizona, where he worked at the Arizona Biltmore.
...
The kitchen works on the delivery service items during the day, and handles the restaurant business at night, and Joey oversees all of it.
"It's exhausting, I would never recommend it, I would never tell anyone to live like I live…you have to have a life, you have to have a vacation now and again…DON'T BE LIKE ME!"
Oy26 Nosh2 Joey Morelli is one animated character
Joey might be emphatic in his belief that he is probably doing it wrong, sacrificing too much, burning the candle at both endsâ€"and at a couple places in the middle--but he says it with a little too much relish. This is a man who is passionate about everything he does, and it shows. In addition to his life at the restaurant, where you are likely to find his Mom playing hostess, or brother Greg delivering your drink, he and the family also indulge their boisterous sides every Saturday from 12-2 on AM 820, on their weekly radio show, Family Values With An Oy Vey! It's mostly political but just about any topic might come into play on a given day. Ask about the new increase in city tax at restaurants to 10.25% and you'll get an earful about the current administration not helping the small business owners during a tough economy. Tune into the show and you might catch Mom calling in, or Dad storming out…it is clear where Joey gets his passionate nature.
Those passions are serving him well. Joey brings a fine-dining sensibility to a casual dining restaurant, focusing on fresh ingredients, making everything from scratch, and providing it at prices that make for an affordable meal out.
...
Nor was it a surprise that I like Joey as much as I do. When you have the perfect intersection of passion, training, and commitment to quality, with a decent sense of humor on top, you're hard pressed to go wrong on either count. We might not actually be getting married, but if he's cooking, I'm definitely coming for dinner.
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