The perfect way to end a lovely meal will be with a glass of Creme Di Melicello, if Oak Park entrepreneur Melissa Reynolds has her way. Reynolds, 43, a grade school teacher and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute culinary school in New York City, invested a year in tinkering with recipes for the traditional Italian digestif Crema De Limoncello. Now she is launching her own business, adding her name — Melicello for Melissa — to signify her personal taste twist.
Reynolds is now working with SCORE Business Counseling in Oak Park to formalize her business, as well as navigate liquor law requirements. She is seeking space at The Plant, a food-business incubator in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
“I want to make sure it’s done right,” she said, and expects all to be in place by summer.