Rep. Quigley Works at Dinkel's Bakery as 'Undercover Congressman'

By Serena Dai on January 30, 2013 8:45am | Updated on January 30, 2013 11:39am

 Congressman Mike Quigley helps decorate a raspberry linzer tart with Luke Karl, Norm Dinkel's son-in-law. 
Congressman Mike Quigley helps decorate a raspberry linzer tart with Luke Karl, Norm Dinkel's son-in-law. 
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Courtesy of Congressman Quigley's Office

LAKEVIEW — If you stop by Dinkel's Bakery Wednesday, your doughnut might have a congressman's touch.

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) got a taste of the down-and-dirty behind sugar and flour while working at the 91-year-old bakery Tuesday.

Illinois' 5th District representative helped the Dinkel family at Dinkel's Bakery, 3329 N. Lincoln Ave., for his first "Undercover Congressman" location of 2013. Since 2009, Quigley has worked regularly at local businesses to connect with constituents. The visits have been chronicled in publications ranging from The New York Times to Capitol Hill's Roll Call.

"Dinkel's Bakery is a culinary icon and a prime example of American entrepreneurship in our district," Quigley said via news release. 

The family bakery, currently owned by third-generation Norm Dinkel, had the congressman decorating cookies, filling and icing birthday cake and preparing yeast doughnuts for Wednesday, Dinkel said.

"You know, I'm not easily impressed," Dinkel said. "I'm pretty critical. But it's nice to see a guy who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty."

That said, the congressman won't be getting hired to bake cake on his own any time soon based on his skills.

"He would have to have more experience," Dinkel said.

 Quigley helps roll dough that will eventually become bismark doughnuts. 
Quigley helps roll dough that will eventually become bismark doughnuts. 
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Courtesy of Congressman Quigley's Office

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