Local Flavors Rolls On! 6 amazing restaurants offer farm-to-table meals this week! Sept 17 - 23rd!

The fourth installment of the Local Flavors farm-to-table dinner series, now in its 10th season, will take place on Thursday, September 21st. The series highlights locally-owned restaurants in Springfield, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, and Bloomington-Normal with a commitment to sourcing from central Illinois farmers. The series also 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 take place on the third Thursday each month, June – October, and rotate to a different restaurant each month. Chefs from participating restaurants 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 September 21st!

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

Local Flavors Locations for Sept. 21st

Engrained Restaurant & Brewery, Springfield

Engrained is taking their Local Flavors dinner to the next level! In addition to their regular menu of locally-sourced fare, they'll be offering a three-course appetizer-to-dessert tasting menu starring almost entirely local ingredients: heirloom tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, savory pork with raspberry stuffing, and a raspberry caramel panna cotta! Pair it with one (or two!) of their hand-crafted brews and you've got a menu to remember. Perfect for date night, Thursday-night football, girls night, family night...pretty much all of the night. Make your reservation today: (217) 546-3054

Black Angus Cafe & Heritage Farmers Market, Pekin

We can't wait for the Local Flavors Lunch at Black Angus Cafe on September 21st! The newest restaurant to the Local Flavors line-up, this cafe features ingredients grown right on their farm, as well as on on-site farmers market. They specialize in homestyle cooking. Stop by for seasoned, baked pork steak, raised right on their farm, with a side of fresh green beans from Vic & Dan's Quarter Acre in Tremont and potatoes that will be slow cooked with onions and bacon. Yep bacon. Open 11am - 2pm! (309) 620-0616

Kelly's Bakery & Cafe, Bloomington

The Local Flavors Lunch at Kelly's Bakery & Cafe is always a delight! Mix and match their seasonal soups, sammies, and quiches for a truly delicious farm-to-table meal featuring the sun-ripened flavors of September. (309) 820-1200

Timpone's, Urbana

Timpone's in downtown Urbana specializes in classic Italian dishes made with seasonal Illinois ingredients. Chef Jim takes care in insuring his Local Flavors Specials hightlight the finest flavors of the season while supporting local farmers. Always creative, always delicious. The Local Flavors Special will be determined on the day of the event to insure maximum freshness. Make your reservations today: (217) 344-761

Local Flavors Week Locations for Sept 17 - 23rd

Lonzerotti's, Jacksonville

During Local Flavors Week at Lonzerotti's Italia Restaurant ask for the Local Flavors Special for a seasonal meal featuring ingredients straight from central Illinois farmers. The Local Flavors Special will be offeredy every day from Tuesday, Sept. 19 - Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 5pm - 9pm. LOCAL FLAVORS SPECIAL: Pan-seared beefalo, combined with steamed potatoes, garlic, and simmered onions, wrapped in hand-stretched dough, boiled, then finished in browned butter and served with sour cream and green onions. Local Wine Pairing: dry red blend, ‘Rouge’ 2013, from Danenberger Family Vineyards, New Berlin IL FEATURED FARMERS Gross Farms, Jacksonville, IL, beefalo Cindy’s Country Fresh Eggs, Virginia IL, eggs Gregory’s Orchard and Gardens, Jacksonville, IL, potatoes Kevin & Nancy Brodie, Jacksonville IL, onions Mueller Family Farm, Bluffs, IL, green onions Down Home Gardens, Virginia IL, garlic Danenberger Family Vineyard, New Berlin, IL, wine

The Eastwood Golf Course & Restaurant, Streator

During Local Flavors Week, Sept. 17 - 23rd, enjoy our Local Flavors Special featuring bone-in grilled chicken from Cedar Valley Farm in Ottawa, IL, topped with a honey glaze and grilled pumpkin seeds. Served with grilled sweet potatoes, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and a pumpkin purée, and sprinkled with sage and parsley. All our vegetables and even the honey come from our friends at Riverview Farms in Streator, IL. Its a perfect dish to kick off the upcoming fall season!

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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