Are you a “Foodie”? The definition is “somebody who enjoys good food: an enthusiast of cooking, eating, or shopping for good food (informal)”. The food network and cooking channels have helped pave the way to this new social trend of eating and cooking. Not only has society turned to good foods, but many restaurants now offer entrées fresh from the farm. My point is Illinois is one of the great agricultural states. I have noticed that many restaurants in Illinois have adopted our local farms into their menus. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh from the farm dining.
I was inspired watching Anthony Bourdain of No Reservations one of my favorite food personalities. He got me thinking: Where would I send him to sample our local foods grown in Illinois? I have had the pleasure eating at a few of these farm to table dining establishments and others are on my waiting list to enjoy. Listed below are a few located throughout our state. Stop in and enjoy farm fresh at its peak.
Farm Fresh Dining:
Chicago Botanic Garden - Farm Dinner
Chicago Botanic Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Road
July 13, August 17, September 7
5 – 8 p.m.
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden
Adventurous diners will not want to miss out on the second season of Farm Dinners at the Chicago Botanic Garden, celebrating the connection between midwestern farmland and the locally grown food we love to eat.
2119 S. Halsted Street
Located in Pilsen –with a open kitchen, on our patio, in our wine room, with the warmth and fragrance of applewood scenting the air. Hand in hand with the best farmers and craftspeople of the midwest, they cook with bold simplicity and care.
4471 Lawn Avenue
Western Springs, IL
The kitchen’s passion for locally sourced and seasonally suitable ingredients manifests itself in a menu that details the farm provenance of its produce.
4450 N. Prospect Road
Peoria Heights, IL
June features the best of the season with progressive techniques to highlight ingredients at their peak.
Firefly Grill, Effingham, IL
1810 Mid America Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401
Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant located on the shores of Kristie Lake. Chef Niall Campbell and his wife Kristie own and operate this oasis of American fresh cuisine in the heart of the Midwest.
Let us know where you would send your favorite celebrity chef to sample your favorite local foods. Pictures are welcome! Please include the name and location, as well as other details you’d like to share.
Bon Appétit Illinois Style!