HARVEST MOON LAUNCHES WINTER MENU

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Harvest Moon has now launched an all-new Winter Menu. The 100-seat artsy-chic Harvest Moon offers a loungey vibe, complete with custom-designed banquettes, bold murals by popular artist David Bozic, and live music on weekends, all under the warm glow of Edison lamps and flickering candles. The seasonal, farm-to-table menu provides dinner options like Seared Scottish Salmon — with polenta fritter, mustard cream, and Braised Short Rib — with Yukon Gold parsnip mash.

Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harvest Moon’s new Winter Brunch Menu highlights comfort classics presented with a contemporary spin. Must-trys include Breakfast Pot Pie — fluffy egg custard, spinach and bacon, topped with puffed pastry, Chickpea Hash — served with 2 any-style eggs and country toast,  and Chicken ‘n Waffles — crispy fried chicken breast, bourbon bacon waffle, maple syrup.

Harvest Moon, 1805 West Division Street, Chicago.

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$2 Lunch, $22.22 Dinner as Local Root Marks 2-Years

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Farm-to-table focused Local Root marks its 2-year anniversary Sept 15-19, continuing to bring farm-fresh, organic, locally-sourced goodness to the center of Chicago’s high-rise heavy Streeterville. Using a network of small farm owners and food artisans from around the Midwest, Local Root continues to impress with an imaginative line-up of lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch selections.

In celebration of the 2-year milestone, Local Root offers a 3-course, $22.22 dinner menu Monday, Sept 15 through Friday, Sept 19 with choice of appetizer, entree, and their signature bread pudding with gelato and caramel sauce. Wednesday, Sept 17,  from 11 am to 2 pm Local Root will set-up an outdoor station offering $2 mini versions of their most popular sandwiches like Champagne Chicken, BBQ Pulled Pork, Stuffed Portobello, along with $2 pomme frites, and $2 Local Root brand soda in 6 assorted flavors.

Local Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago, IL, 312-643-1145.

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SOUTHERN DINNER TOUR, LIVE BLUEGRASS AT LOCAL ROOT

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Thursday evenings in August, farm-to-table hot spot Local Root brings a taste of down-home, southern comfort to the heart of Chicago’s high-rise heavy Streeterville. Using locally-sourced ingredients, Local Root Chef/co-owner Issac Weliver creates a weekly culinary tour of the south, saluting South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, and Louisiana, teamed with live Bluegrass music by the Dog Patch Ramblers performing 7 pm to 9 pm. The Thursday night southern-inspired dinner series is offered as a 3-course, $38.00 prix fixe, and includes appetizer, entree and dessert — served indoors or on Local Root’s sidewalk  patio.

Local Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago. 312-643-1145

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OLD-SCHOOL FAVS GO GLAM AT DOC B’s FRESH KITCHEN

Check out these glammed-up sandwiches from Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen as this fresh-casual Mag Mile/Gold Coast eatery puts its signature, think-outside-the-box spin on old-school classics. Since opening last fall, the 100-seat East Walton hot-spot continues to impress, partnering with local and Midwest farmers and purveyors to present a line-up of familiar comfort foods with an inspired twist.

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, 100 East Walton, Chicago. 312-626-1300.

Corned Beef Sandwich -- Slagel Family Farm corned beef, grain mustard, piled on ribbon of crispy-seared artisan Swiss cheese, topped with home-made cole slaw, Thousand and One Island dressing, sandwiched on pretzel roll made exclusively for Doc B's by 75-year-old Bennison's Bakery in Evanston.

Corned Beef Sandwich — Slagel Farm corned beef, grain mustard, piled on ribbon of crispy-seared artisan Swiss cheese, topped with home-made cole slaw, Thousand and One Island dressing, sandwiched on pretzel roll made exclusively for Doc B’s by 75-year-old Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston.

Sir Waldorf -- Chunks of house-roasted turkey, Fuji apples, purple grapes, tossed in a walnut aioli, served on Bennison's Bakery Multi-Grain bun.

Sir Waldorf — Chunks of house-roasted turkey, Fuji apples, purple grapes,
tossed in a walnut aioli, served on Bennison’s Bakery Multi-Grain bun.

Today's #1 Tuna -- Seared Hawaiian #1-grade Ahi tuna mounded on sliced Fuji apple, red onions pickled in-house with agave and ponzu, wakame (seaweed), with ginger dressing on Bennison's Bakery sesame seed bun.

Today’s #1 Tuna — Seared Hawaiian #1-grade Ahi tuna mounded on sliced
Fuji apple, red onions pickled in-house with agave and ponzu, wakame
(seaweed), with ginger dressing on Bennison’s Bakery sesame seed bun.

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, 100 East Walton Street, Chicago

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, 100 East Walton Street, Chicago

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Local Root Puts Farm-to-Table Twist on Afternoon Tea

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Put stuffy notions of dainty watercress sandwiches and extended pinky fingers to rest, as Local Root unleashes a distinctly American, farm-to-table twist on this stately British tradition, launching their own interpretation of Afternoon Tea  complete with potato blini crowned with California sturgeon caviar, tea cakes made with locally-sourced, handcrafted Limoncello…and tea-infused cocktails.

Since opening last fall, Local Root has become a farm-to-table, locally-sourced hot spot in the center of Chicago’s high-rise-heavy Streeterville area, offering complete lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus. Now, Chef/Owner Isaac Weilver and Baker/Owner Yale Cohen team-up to present Afternoon Tea, offered 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Watch for tiered platters of tea-time bites like Smoked Atlantic Salmon with Lemon Cheese, Fried Caper on Cucumber Chip. Potato Blini with Crème Fraîche and California Sturgen Caviar. Wisconsin Artisanal Bleu Cheese over all-natural Beeler’s Bacon from Iowa. Champagne Chicken with Chipotle Tomato Jam. House-made, hand rolled Croissants, drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce, and teacakes made with locally-crafted Limoncello.

Tea choices include Green: Moroccan Mint, China Jasmin, Enchanted Green. Herbal: Roasted Almond, Floral, African Sage Brush, or Black: Apricot, Bergamont, English Traditional. For non-teetotalers looking to Mad Hatter it up a notch, consider Tea-infused cocktails like the Earl of Ginington: Leatherbee Gin with Earl Grey Syrup and Ministry of Love: Old Forester Whiskey, Love Tea Syrup and Orange Blossom Water.

Afternoon Tea is served 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, $24 per-person ($3 additional for a tea-infused cocktail in place of tea). Local Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago.

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Local Root Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

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Get ready for the big “one” as Local Root, an oasis of locally-sourced, organic freshness — tucked in the heart of Chicago’s high-rise-heavy Streeterville neighborhood, marks its one-year anniversary with a free day-long celebration Wednesday, Oct 2.

Since opening last-fall, this casual-by-day, dinner and wine bar by night, has attracted a loyal following, with a lunch-time line-up of fresh salads, soups, flat-breads, burgers and sandwiches featuring seasonal,  farm-to-table ingredients, alongside home baked breads, muffins, cookies and Local Root’s own signature brand of house-made sodas.

By night, watch for rotating favorites like free-range chicken and barbecue pork ribs, grass-fed steak frites, and fresh seafood specials, teamed with organic cheese and charcuterie  boards, dozens of local craft beers and small batch liquors, along with an impressive regional wine list.

On Wednesday, October 2, the Local Root gang fires-up their outdoor patio grill, hosting a FREE BARBECUE to celebrate their 1-year milestone. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, Local Root will offer absolutely free grass-fed beef burgers, jumbo hotdogs, and free-range barbecue pork ribs.

Local Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago, Illinois. Open Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 a.m. – 10p.m. , Sun 8 a.m. -3 p.m.

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