Local food brings in biggest night for one Illinois restaurant

This article was originally posted on July 30, 2012

What’s better than cooking with fresh local tomatoes, juicy summer peaches or unbeatable Illinois sweet corn?  Having an expert chef prepare them for you!  At Local Flavors, local chefs create innovative dishes highlighting fresh, seasonal, locally grown food.  Events are held the third Thursday of the month, June through October, in Springfield, Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana.

The most recent Springfield event was hosted by American Harvest Eatery and attracted nearly 300 people, according to executive chef Jordan Coffey.

“The whole Local Flavor(s) dinner is kind of what our restaurant is about in the first place,” Coffey said. “We’ve been open for a year and three months and to date it was our most lucrative evening.”

He attributed the success to the ever-growing desire of diners to eat good, locally sourced food, and promotion done by the restaurant.

The events are designed to grow the market for Illinois’ small farms and specialty crop producers, encourage consumers to support local businesses and continue to cultivate the relationships between farmers and chefs.