Chef owners Keith and Lisa Langdon met at Gull Lake Country Club in 1991 and have been a team ever since.
Lisa developed her passion for food at her grandmother’s side. Grandma (Oma) was always making something from scratch. Oma never measured anything or followed a recipe.
Lisa started her culinary career working for a few local chains, and Gull Lake Country Club clubs and then in 1992 went on to the Western Culinary Institute in Portland OR. While in Portland she had the pleasure of working under Chef Gregg Higgins, at the renowned Heathman Hotel. Gregg has since opened his own world class restaurant. Lisa also worked under Chef Franz, a Culinary Team world champion from Switzerland. She Graduated from WCI with a 3.9 GPA and awards for perfect attendance.
Keith has traveled the United States and worked for likes of Tony Damiano Executive Chef of the famous Russian Tea Room, the Boca Raton Hotel and Resort,Chuck Muer Group, and even a stint as personal chef for World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali.
He has worked in some very high end places including a French Restaurant named Chez Marcel. Under Chef Paul Collange it was voted "One of the Best Restaurants in the World" by Conde Nast Magazine. He has also worked for national chains and a few mom and pop restaurants. What he likes to call a "solid burn and learn kitchen background."
Like most chefs, we dreamed to open our own place someday.
After Lisa graduated, we packed our bags and moved back home to Kalamazoo.
In 1993 we opened Full City Café a small neighborhood coffee shop with an emphasis on scratch-made fresh foods. We could be seen on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evening's at the Bank Street Farmer's Market
In 2005 we opened doors in Portage and expanded our menu to include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners with the emphasis still on fresh made from scratch food. We continue to support local farms when produce is in season. We still make things from scratch.
Since we opened our doors in 1993, we have been bringing you some of the most talked about, unique, and seasonally changing menus in the Kalamazoo area. At Full City Café,food is not just our job, it is our PASSION!