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June 7, 2016
Illinois Stewardship Alliance is proud to announce the kick off of the new Local Flavors Week series this June. The new series, a spin-off of the popular Local Flavors series, gives residents of rural central Illinois communities a chance to purchase a farm-to-table meal from some of their favorite hometown restaurants.
The original Local Flavors series, now in it's 9th season, operates in Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, Champaign-Urbana, and Peoria. Participating restaurants are asked to create a special menu for one day that consists almost entirely of locally sourced ingredients. These events take place on the third Thursday of each month and rotate to different restaurants within each city of the four cities. The aim of the series is to highlight restaurants that already have a commitment to sourcing at least a portion of their ingredients locally and to give these restaurants an opportunity to showcase their skills in preparing an almost entirely local menu.
The new Local Flavors Week series, by contrast, extends to smaller communities outside of the four main urban areas mentioned above and aims to reach new restaurants and audiences with the “buy local” message. The series helps connect restaurants to local farmers and gives restaurants a week-long event to test the waters when it comes to sourcing locally. Local Flavors Week events will take place the third week each month, June - October and will rotate to a different restaurant in a different central Illinois community each month. Chefs from participating restaurants will create a “Local Flavors Special” featuring almost entirely seasonal produce and proteins sourced directly from central Illinois farmers and will offer this special for the entire week. Customers can stop by any participating restaurant on their scheduled week during their regular business hours to order the “Local Flavors Special.”
The first Local Flavors Week event will take place in Effingham June 19th - 25th at Joe Sippers Cafe. As their Local Flavors Special, Joe Sippers will be offering a Summer Salad featuring:
Spinach and Green Onion from Krops4Kids in Watson, IL
Strawberries and Blueberries from Just Berries in Stewardson, IL
Goat Cheese from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery in Champaign, IL
Pecans from Voss Pecans in Carlyle, IL
Foccacia Breadsticks from Pekara Bakehouse in Champaign, IL