Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) toured Dinkel's Bakery and worked as a baking assistant during his first Undercover Congressman event of the new Congress.
"Dinkel's Bakery is a culinary icon and a prime example of American entrepreneurship in our District," said Quigley. "As a family-owned and operated business for four generations, the Dinkel Family has a unique perspective on how the challenges facing small businesses have changed over time and what I can do to help as a member of Congress. Working alongside local business owners and their employees is more valuable than reading any memo in DC."
Quigley started his day by rolling out dough that would eventually become delicious Dinkel's bismark donuts.
Quigley learns the proper technique for creating the perfect raspberry linzer tart from Dinkel family member Luke Karl.
While visiting Dinkel's Bakery, Quigley met with owner Norm Dinkel and dozens of employees. Working alongside Mr. Dinkel are his daughter and son-in-law, Sandgren and Luke Karl, and his son, Eric Dinkel. The business was founded in 1922 by the owner's grandfather, Joseph Dinkel, an immigrant and master baker from Bavaria, Germany. Today, it continues to provide the community with the same standard of quality workmanship, original recipes, and delicious goods. The company has also expanded sales worldwide via www.dinkels.com.
Quigley's Undercover Congressman series has allowed him to directly connect with constituents in their daily lives and better understand the concerns and challenges they face. Since taking office in 2009, Quigley has performed a wide range of jobs including delivering mail and pizzas, assembling pinball machines at the Stern pinball factory, spending the day as a zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and picking up garbage and recycling with sanitation departments.
Quigley's Undercover Congressman series has been featured on NBC5 Chicago and in Roll Call and the New York Times.