Happy Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks! From Sep. 8-Sep 25, over forty restaurants are participating in the special celebration this year by serving farm fresh foods straight to your table with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Food Literacy Center.
Restaurant chefs have created new menus which feature their own unique spin on farm-to-fork, from affordable lunches to fancy date night dinners, carnivorous local meats and plenty of produce options for vegetarians. It’s going to be tough to decide what to eat when your stomach is empty and delicious options are plenty.
Here’s a quick breakdown to make your breakfast, lunch or dinner selection (or each of them!) a lot easier this month. But be sure to get there as the specials ends soon.
Looking for brunch?
East SMF offers a large brunch menu ranging from Baked Caramel French Toast to their own twist on chicken and waffles. All of the brunch main items are under $20. They also offer special lunch and dinner options for the month so be sure to return to East SMF to try them all!
Chicago Fire’s Midtown location is offering a summery pizza with produce from Green Almond Farm and meat from Morant’s Sausage House. The Farm-to-Fork pizza and the watermelon feta Farm-to-Fork salad are their only special options for the month which makes it easy to choose. The lack of choice is no problem though, the pizza is filled with local meats, weisswurst, bratwurst and plenty of warm weather vegetables like Bianca eggplant and Early Girl tomatoes.
The pizza is available thin crust or deep dish….deep dish recommended with the amount of produce on the pie.
De Vere’s is serving Fromage Blanc Cheesecake, adorned with summer fruits. Your taste buds will be blown away with this dessert fresh off the farm. You can also pair it with their dinner options, such as the Heirloom Tomato Salad or Lamb BLT.
Want a drink with your meal?
River City Brewing Company is offering lunch and dinner specials for under $25 and has suggestions to pair with their own wines or brews. The menu will attract meat lovers but don’t get too overwhelmed–veggies such as bell peppers and pears are the star of the plate.
Still can’t decide? Try a ready-made option.
Hook and Ladder offers a three-course pre-fix dinner menu with the set price of $35. Options are available for both vegetarians, meat eaters and those avoiding gluten. Summer produce stands out here with summer melons, heirloom tomatoes and summer squash ruling the menu.
All photos courtesy of the restaurants