Is Chicago really ready for this jelly? Yes…pun intended

November 2018

The doughnut project

Chicago was the city where Powered by Doughnuts was born. It was the place that showed me that doughnuts could be so much more than just a fried piece of dough. Unfortunately, Chicago’s doughnut scene seems to have lost its mojo…until now.

While the doughnut shops in Chicago seem to have set the cruise control like their driving through a school zone, it’s the restaurant scene that’s begun to bring Chicago doughnuts back to life. The front runner of these restaurants would definitely be Longman & Eagle located in the Logan Square neighborhood. L&E’s in house, weekend doughnut pop-up shop at their OSB, has brought back the true meaning of craft doughnuts to Chicago. Pastry Chef Juan Gutierrez is making some of the best, made from scratch, most original doughnut flavors that this city has ever seen.

Walnut Banana Bread, Cookies n’ Creme, Lemon Poppy Seed, and Maple Pumpkin Pie are just a few of Chef Juan’s creations

Walnut Banana Bread, Cookies n’ Creme, Lemon Poppy Seed, and Maple Pumpkin Pie are just a few of Chef Juan’s creations

As one can probably imagine, carrying the weight of the city’s doughnuts on your shoulders can be very tiring. That’s why next weekend, November 10th and 11th, Powered by Doughnuts and Longman & Eagle have partnered to bring long time friends and fellow doughnut badasses The Doughnut Project, to Chicago for a one time pop-up shop at L&E. As one of NYC’s best doughnut shops, TDP will be bringing flavors unlike anything the Windy City has ever seen!


Event Details

This is going to be a two day event hosted by Longman & Eagle and myself at L&E’s Off Site Bar, better known as the OSB. For those not already familiar with L&E’s regular weekend doughnut pop-up at the OSB, it’s basically a dream brunch of high quality whiskey and hand crafted doughnuts. The pop-up will run both days from 9AM to 3PM or until sold out! While you can totally come for brunch (which I highly recommend), the OSB doesn’t serve the full brunch menu. The OSB is a designated roofed patio area (don’t worry, it’s heated) attached to L&E. It houses a few huge wooden tables, a few two tops, and a bar that serves coffee, whiskey, some small bite items and of course, doughnuts!

“So will Chef Juan be serving up those beautiful doughnuts you just flashed us”? Nope. Chef Juan is kicking back and relaxing this weekend and letting Leslie and Troy, Owners of TDP, take the wheel and slinging a few doughnuts of their own!

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The Doughnut Project serves a menu of about a dozen different flavors on any given day but since they’ll only be in town for a weekend, the menu will consist of four of their most popular doughnuts.

On the menu will be:

The Everything Bagel Doughnut - Cream Cheese frosting loaded with everything bagel seasoning.
Those Beets are Dope - Bismark style doughnut stuffed with a ricotta filling and topped with a beet glaze.
The Bronx - Traditional yeast doughnut with an olive oil and black pepper glaze.
Special Collaboration Doughnut - Guess you’ll just have to show up to find out!

In case you need some more convincing, check out my full Doughnut Shop review of The Doughnut Project here. I’m telling you right now, the Bronx will blow your damn mind. That’s a promise!

The pop-up shop open at 9AM and will be as late as 3PM but I highly recommend getting there early! There will only be a limited amount of doughnuts and once they’re sold out for the day it’s a wrap! Both days will only go until sold out. If I were you I would grab a few friends, head on down to L&E and split a box to try them all! Unless you’re like me and you’d rather just not tell anyone so that you can have the whole box to yourself. That works too.


Longman & Eagle
2657 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago IL, 60647