About Us
was apprenticing at the Valade pastry shop near Vichy and Isabelle
was working as a waitress at the Hotel du Park.  After getting married
and moving back to the U.S. they both worked at the Le Vichyssois
restaurant in Lakemoor, IL. Subsequently Ian worked at a variety of
Chicago area hotels and got a degree in Foodservice Management.
Moving to Iowa in 1995, Ian worked for the Godwin familly restaurants
in a variety of jobs, including chef for Winifred's Catering for almost 5
years. During this time Isabelle worked as a caterer. In 2004 they
decided to open Croissant do Jour. But, after nearly 12 years of
making wonderful pastries, they needed a change of pace.  
L'Auberge is something we always wanted to do.  Serving simple,
classic French dishes in a casual atmosphere.