FINAL Local Flavors Dinners of the Season- October 19th


The final installment of the Local Flavors farm-to-table dinner series, now in its 10th season, will take place on Thursday, October 19th. 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 October 19th!

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

Local Flavors Locations for August 17th

Maldaner's, Springfield

Make your reservation for our final Local Flavors Dinners of the season. Local Flavors at Maldaner's Restaurant and Catering Since 1884​ will take place on Thursday, October 19th and Chef Higgins has created a beautiful special featuring chicken from Parkes Family Produce​, local honey, and veggies from the Old Capitol Farmers Market Now's the time to savor the flavors of fall. Call (217) 522-4313 to make your reservation today.

Bacaro, Champaign

Chef Drew Starkey of Bacaro is pulling out all the stops for the final Local Flavors event of the season on Thursday, October 19th. He's offering an entire Local Flavors tasting menu featuring five courses of farm fresh fare from Triple S Farms, Kilgus Farmstead, BlueMoon Farm, Crooked Row Farm and North Avoca Farm. Always imaginative and always featuring the freshest ingredients, BACARO restaurant is not to be missed on your list of favorite farm-to-table restaurants in Champaign. Make your reservations today at 217-398-6982

Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works, Normal

We are beyond excited for Chef Sartin's Local Flavors dinner at Destihl! On October 19th, he'll be serving up a Local Flavors Special featuring aleppo pepper goat and lamb kebobs, curred chickpeas and pickled tomatoes, onion and cucumber relish, and garlic chive yogurt. All of the ingredients will be sourced locally from area farms including Kilgus Farmstead, Little Farm on the Prairie, Living Water Farms, Garden Gate Farm, Old Heritage Creamery, and Windcrest Dairy. Make your reservations today at 309-862-2337

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

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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