The Pickard China Company and Dangela’s Dumplings both hail from Lake County, and both have recently been inducted into the Illinois Made Program thanks to the efforts of the Illinois Office of Tourism.
The Illinois Made program, which is run by the state tourism bureau, recognizes and honors excellent local businesses, artists, chefs, and manufacturers, among others. The Land of Lincoln “Makers” initiative collaborates with tourist marketing organizations like Visit Lake County, which was responsible for nominating the two local businesses as candidates for the award.
Fine china dinnerware and other decorative items are produced by Pickard China, which is headed up by Andrew Pickard Morgan, the president of the manufacturer. Pickard China has created bespoke dinnerware for a number of important people, including previous first ladies of the United States like Laura Bush and Michelle Obama. It has also made china for use in hotels and restaurants, as well as for heads of state. Since its founding in 1893, the business has been managed continuously by a Pickard family descendant.
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Angela Xu and her husband, Dan, opened Dangela’s Dumplings in Libertyville in 2019. Her homemade dumplings are largely responsible for the success of the firm. When making the dumplings, Xu follows practices that are common in northern China and employs a recipe that was handed down to her by her mother. In addition to dumplings, the menu of Dangela’s Dumplings features items such as tea-boiled eggs, mochi ice cream, edamame, seaweed salad, and many more.
“It is an honor for us to announce the addition of two more ‘Makers’ from Lake County to this one-of-a-kind program that highlights one-of-a-kind small companies and experiences all around the state. According to Visit Lake County President Maureen Riedy, in their most recent news release, “We now officially have 14 awardees in Lake County.”
Other companies in Lake County have been recognized as “Illinois Makers.” These companies include North Shore Distillery and Lambs Farm of Green Oaks, Lynfred Winery of Highland Park and Wheeling, Long Grove Confectionery Co., Copper Fiddle Distillery of Lake Zurich, Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze of Spring Grove, Patterson Glass, Tighthead Brewing Co., and Tony Cannoli of Mundelein, and Hungry Monkey Baking Co. and Mc