The Essential Café & Bistro - Wholesome, natural, & organic homemade foods
UPDATE: 8/23/16
 So I received the results back from my MRI that shows that I indeed do have a torn meniscus and it will require surgery, which is scheduled for next Wednesday. :-(

So, it appears that I will remain working as private chef/catering until my knee is completely recovered. We will probably have some days that we do takeout only at the cafe depending on my private chef/catering schedule so be sure to keep checking FB. Thank you all for your support and I hope to be back in full swing in the next three weeks or so.


NOTICE: So sorry for all the days the cafe has been closed over the past month - not only has this been because of the catering picking up, but also because I had injured my knee a couple of months ago and it has been getting progressively worse over the past few weeks. I have some Dr. appointments lined up this week - so hopefully I can get some answers here.
Needless to say - standing on it for prolonged periods of time is not helping the situation. For now I will continue all catering jobs and private party bookings. I cannot do the cafe and catering and the soup kitchen. So, I have decided to not be open at the cafe on the days that I have catering. I suggest calling the cafe to see if we will be open that day, if you would like to order to go, or come in for lunch. If I am going to be there and can accommodate you, then I will.
Thank you for understanding!

"The Bistro"

Well, I have really been missing coming to the cafe everyday and decided to try re-opening the cafe on a limited basis to start.  It will just be me holding down the fort with maybe some helpers from time-to-time as needed so I need to start out slow and add accordingly - I hope you all understand and would really appreciate your support.

The menu will be more condensed, starting with some of my freshly made soups and organic superfood salads along with a couple of sandwiches, and a special of the day.  Also, I will be adding some additional breakfast items like breakfast wraps and steel-cut oatmeal.  Eventually, I will be incorporating house-made delicious healthy crepes to the menu.

New Hours of Operation:  Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Take out orders that need to be picked-up after 3:00 - not a problem - you just need to let me know what time you will be picking-up your order so that I can plan accordingly. 

I am opening at 7:00 am for those who would like to get some healthy fuel on there way to work - stop in for a healthy breakfast wrap, smoothie, or some Colectivo coffee - you can phone in ahead to have your order ready to go!

Private dinners are still welcome with advance notice for groups of six or more...unless it's really a very special occasion, then I may consider less.

I am going to reserve Saturday's for catering and special events, like our High Noon Tea Socials that we will be having starting in November. 

Monday Evening will be for Cooking/Wellness classes (see schedule and costs under cooking classes).  

Tuesday & Friday's from 3:30 - 5:30 "The Essential Soup Kitchen" is open for free soup to those in need - please if you know of any children, seniors, adults, or young adults that are in need of a hot nourishing bowl of soup - then send them our way.  Also, if you would like to "pay it forward" and pay for a bowl of soup for someone else in need - that suggested donation is $5.00/bowl.  We will be working with "Circle of Friends" as an extension of their 501c3 so gifts are tax deductible!  If you would like to volunteer - call me!

Tuesday evening we host "World Wide Prayer Meeting" where we tie into Time Square Church New York City along with 160 other countries and people from all across the United States in real time to prayer for one another and our needs.  If you can't join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm then you can watch from your own computer just click on this link and it should take you right to the site:


Thanks for Visiting!

My son and I would like to welcome you to our website, and hope to meet you at our cafe/bistro.

The Essential Café & Bistro is focused on providing high-quality food and service in order to promote an unforgettable experience when visiting us - we will do everything we can to exceed your expectations!  

Not just any cafe...
More than just a "coffee shop" we offer a comfortable modern environment that includes indoor and outdoor seating.   We make and  serve delicious wholesome, natural, and organic food  (made here on-site) by only using the most premium whole ingredients.  

Here at the Essential Cafe/Bistro we support local businesses!  We proudly serve Colectivo coffee & Rishi Teas along with many other  products produced here locally in our great state of Wisconsin.

We have a variety of offerings to choose from.  Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us!
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!  

Cozy & comfortable outdoor seating and tables

Upscale, clean, friendly environment

Community Soup Kitchen
 Tuesday & Friday from 3:30 - 5:30
(Free Soup to those in need)

Spring Hours of Operation: 
Monday:  Closed (unless you see the flag)
Tuesday:  11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: Closed (unless you see the flag)
Thursday:  8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday:  8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday:  Reserved for Special Events or Catering
Sunday:  CLOSED
(262) 723-1500

(Family Owned & Operated)
Owners: Joanne Benkowski & Son, Nathanael Benkowski