Local Flavors Kicks off June 15th! Find a Restaurant Near YOU!

The Local Flavors farm-to-table dinner series, now in its 10th season, will kick off this June, highlighting locally-owned restaurants in Springfield, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, and Bloomington-Normal with a commitment to sourcing from central Illinois farmers. The series provides central Illinois residents with the opportunity to experience a farm-fresh meal featuring the true flavors of Illinois while also supporting local businesses, sustainable farming, and their communities.

Local Flavors events will take place on the third Thursday each month, June – October, and will rotate to a different restaurant each month. Chefs from participating restaurants will create a “Local Flavors Special” featuring seasonal produce and proteins sourced directly from central Illinois farmers. While all participating restaurants are sourcing local ingredients in some capacity, the “Local Flavors Special” will be made up of almost 100% locally-grown ingredients. Customers can stop by any participating restaurant on their scheduled date during their regular business hours to order the Local Flavors Special. Some restaurants are even choosing to take the Local Flavors Special to the next level by offering more than one special or offering the special for the entire week. Check out the Local Flavors locations, and descriptions below to find out what your favorite restaurants are serving on June 15th!

Reservations are encouraged and can be made by contacting participating restaurants directly

Local Flavors Locations for June 15th

American Harvest Eatery, Springfield

American Harvest Eatery will be serving up a delicious local tasting menu for their Local Flavors Dinner on June 15th! Try the Sugar Grove Family Farms pork belly appetizer, Bunn Farms steak entree, or Suttill's Gardens rhubarb dessert, or order them all together for a special deal. Make your reservation TODAY! (217) 546-8300

Harvest Cafe in special partnership with Driftwood Cocktail & Eatery of Springfield, Delavan

Harvest Cafe is partnering with Driftwood Cocktail & Eatery to bring you a seasonal lamb appetizer and pork entree, featuring ingredients straight from central Illinois farmers and served two ways for the price of one! Each chef will be serving up their take on the local ingredients and you get to try them both! Good for you. Good for your community. Good for the earth. Now that's a bite we can all get behind.

Big Grove Tavern, Champaign

The Local Flavors Dinner Series is kicking off in downtown Champaign with Big Grove Tavern on June 15th! To celebrate, they are offering 20% off on three of their regular menu items which feature local proteins and produce: the Arrends Family Farm Hickory Street Burger, the Arrends Family Farm 12oz Sirloin Steak, and the Cremini Mushroom Risotto with Farmers Market Veggies. Show this flyer (or any other Local Flavors marketing materials) to your waiter and receive 20% off your Local Flavors purchase between Thursday, June 15th and Saturday, June 24th! #buyfreshbuylocal

Epiphany Farms Restaurant, Bloomington

Epiphany Farms always knocks it out of the park with their Local Flavors Special. They'll be serving up a roasted chicken dish featuring a super-fresh seasonal salad and a side of roasted local veggies. Wholesome, healthy, hearty, good-for-your-soul food. Make your reservation today and don't hesitate to try any of the other amazing dishes on their menu featuring ingredients grown by their cheffarmers right on their farm.

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Dates and Locations for the full season of Local Flavors events are as follows:

Springfield June 15: American Harvest Eatery July 20: Driftwood Cocktail and Eatery Aug. 17: Augie’s Front Burner Sept. 21: Engrained Brewing Company Oct. 19: Maldaner’s Restaurant

Peoria June 15: Harvest Cafe in special partnership with Driftwood Cocktail and Eatery, Delavan July 20: Harvest Cafe, Delavan Aug. 17: Cyd’s Kitchen, Cafe + Catering Sept. 21: Black Angus Cafe, Pekin Oct. 19: TBD

Bloomington-Normal June 15: Epiphany Farms Restaurant July 20: BraiZe Aug. 17: Old Bank Sept. 21: Kelly’s Bakery and Cafe Oct. 19: Destihl Restuarant and Brew Works

Champaign-Urbana June 15: Big Grove Tavern July 20: Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works Aug. 17: V. Picasso Sept. 21: Timpone’s Restaurant Oct. 19: Bacaro

The Local Flavors series is organized by Illinois Stewardship Alliance in conjunction with local partners, including Slow Food Springfield, Local First Springfield, Downtown Springfield Inc., the Old Capitol Farmers Market, The Peoria Riverfront Market, the Peoria County Government, the University of Illinois Extension, the Urbana Market at the Square, the Land Connection, Visit Champaign County, the Downtown Bloomington Association, and the Ecology Action Center. These events are designed to support small-scale farmers, promote restaurants with a commitment to sustainable sourcing, and raise awareness for the importance of buying locally. According to a 2011 Ken Meter Study, if Central Illinois shoppers bought 15% of their food directly from their local farmers it would generate $639 million in new income annually for the region. Restaurants buying direct from local farmers stand to create an even larger impact.

“Their are lots of challenges for restaurants that source locally,” says Molly Gleason, Illinois Stewardship Alliance Communications Director, “The Local Flavors series gives us an opportunity to shine the light on local businesses that are making the extra effort to support area farmers and make their communities a vibrant, healthy place to live. Plus the food is delicious!”

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