Taste the local flavors ...next Tuesday

My  friend Karen Conn is hosting the Local Flavors luncheon at the Inn at 835 (835 South Second Street) next Tuesday the 20th ... If you don't know about this culinary event - it was organized by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, a non profit group that bring lower growers together with restaurant and catering firms to encourage all of us in the food chain to buy fresh, buy local!    This may be the last of the season's luncheon events - which means you don't want to miss it.       The magic begins at 11am and the end won't be near until 1pm. But I guarantee you there won't be a more delicious or stylish lunch served in all of Springfield on that day. To get a seat at the table visit:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159554376287

Here's the menu:

Salad Nicoise- grilled chicken, fresh green beans, new potatoes, tomatoes, capers, egg, olives, and red onion with local mixed greens drizzled with a creamy champagne dijon vinaigrette.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette- roasted butternut and cranberries with fresh mixed greens drizzled with a warm apple-cider vinaigrette and topped with toasted walnuts and fresh parmesan.

Potato Onion Soup- creamy potatoes and onions in a luscious cream Main Entrée 835 Burger- 6oz. burger grilled to perfection with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Served with house made shoestring pom frittes.

Piccadilly Sandwich- a triple decker favorite. A classic BLT, sandwiched between a grilled cheese. Served with house made shoestring pom frittes.

BBQ Chicken Quesadilla- grilled BBQ chicken, caramelized onions and peppers, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro in a whole wheat tortilla with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Served with salsa and sour cream.

Sirloin Au Poive- pan seared 5oz. sirloin steak with a peppercorn brandy cream sauce served with dual sweet potato cakes and green beans with toasted chestnuts.

Spaghetti ala Squash- spaghetti squash tossed in herbed brown butter with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini. Topped with fresh grated asiago.

Sweet Finale Apple Strudel- spiced apples and raisins wrapped in flaky puff pastry and baked to a golden brown. Served in a pool of cider-rum

Creme Anglaise. Crispy Waffle and Caramel- Crispy whole wheat waffles drizzled with a home made caramel sauce and sauté apples.

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