Mary Tobias is a Chicago chef and holistic health coach. She received her degree in culinary arts from Kendall College and has worked for an array of Chicago restaurants including Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat, Grant Achatz’s Michelin-starred Roister and for Matthew Kenney Cuisine at vegan hotspot Althea. Inspired by all aspects of the culinary industry, Tobias enrolled in a nutrition program focusing on integrative and holistic health to further diversify her experience with food and health. As a lifelong ice cream lover on a personal health journey, she was inspired to begin her own entrepreneurial business and create a functional dessert that was not only delicious, but good for you and guilt free. Her unique and delicious Vegan Ice Cream Bars became GLOW Superfood and her passion project turned business venture has changed the way people think about dessert, health, indulgence, incorporating superfoods into one's lifestyle and the beauty of plant-based eating. In March 2023, her continued passion to offer Chicagoans Vegan Friendly options as well as a comfortable, inviting place to enjoy them, led her to open Lincoln Cafe and Market, where she not only makes and sells GLOW superfood, but supports and sells many of Chicago’s local food entrepreneur’s products as well.
When Tobias is not concocting her next dessert masterpiece she enjoys yoga, cycling, live music, spending time with her family and truly connecting with others. You can also find her volunteering at the CHicago Help Initiative, a food pantry that serves hot meals as well as supplies guests with a lunch for the following day. She is also part of the Good Food Accelerator in Chicago and involves herself in various Chicagoland Entrepreneurial opportunities.
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