We are Cynthia Boyd-Yette and Terry Yette owners of Cynthia’s Gumbo Express Inc.
Cynthia's Gumbo Express Inc. has been established September- 2013, but I have been catering over 20 years after graduating from C.H.I.C. (Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago) now known as Le Cordon Bleu.
I've always been fascinated by the food and culture of Louisiana and I came across this gumbo recipe that I have passionately worked on for over 20 years, which has become my secret recipe, that will now be in my family’s history. Making gumbo is a labor of love. It requires a lot of ingredients, prep work and some know-how to make good gumbo every time. It started once a year, like everyone,Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. People would only eat gumbo in the winter, but you can eat gumbo all year round.
We started the business before retiring with 66yrs. combined Postal Service. We tested our gumbo on coworkers and since retiring we have sold our gumbo at Homewood, Evergreen Pk. and Park Forest Farmers Markets and different events in Indiana, southern and western suburbs. We purchased a step van and had it converted to a mobile food truck, which we are now licensed in the City of Chicago. We are committed full time to running our Food Truck!
We wanted to offer gumbo as a healthier fast food option that's served Fast, Fresh and Flavorful.
We have 5 different gumbos that cater to the changing palates of our customers. Loaded Seafood, Pescatarian, Chicken, Turkey and Vegan. Brown or white rice, that is served on the side, so you add the rice as you like. Cornbread is served with every order. We wanted to offer the true gumbo experience for you to enjoy your own individual bowl.
We found that customers wanted gumbo all the time, but they wanted good gumbo, now their comments are “delicious” and “off the chain”.
You can find us at 58th & Ellis. Follow us on social media, Facebook/ Cynthia's Gumbo Express and on instagram @cynthiasgumboexpresss to see where we are popping up. We sell our gumbo at Homewood Farmers Market, and we cater "Gumbo by the Gallon! Serve something different at your next event!