Support Farm-to-Table Restaurants and Win!

Support farm-to-table restaurants and win!

Voting runs September 14-30, 2020

You can help support farm-to-table restaurants in your area AND win a chance for dinner for two to your favorite during the Illinois Favorite Farm-to-Table Awards going on now. 

The Alliance in partnership with the Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois coalition launched the inaugural Favorite Farm-to-Table Awards to help promote the restaurants that are going the extra mile to source from area farmers. 

The Farm-to-Table award is two week campaign that gives YOU the chance to peruse a list of 25 farm-to-table restaurants across the state and show them some love by casting a vote. 

All voters will be entered for a chance to win dinner for two at any restaurant listed in the Buy Fresh Buy Local Online Directory.

Farm-to-table restaurants are critical to resilient communities. They strengthen local economies, they support area farms, and they help create local supply chains that enable communities to be self-sustaining. 

Now more than ever though, farm-to-table restaurants need your support. According to the Illinois Restaurant Association, 20% of all restaurants in Illinois will go out of business in the coming months because of COVID-19. These shutdowns have ripple effects across the food system. 

You can help. When you visit the Illinois Favorite Farm-to-Table Awards webpage, you’ll find a list of 25 verified farm-to-table restaurants across the state. Use this list to help plan your next visit or carry-out order from a farm-to-table restaurant near you! 

Cast a vote for your favorite to help them win further fame, notoriety and marketing support from Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois.

All participating restaurants source from at least one local farm that is also listed in the Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois online directory.

A winner and runner up will be announced for each of the 5 regions of Illinois. The winners will receive a total of $5000 in marketing through Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois. The winning restaurants will be announced on Sunday, October 4th along with the winning voter!

Only one ballot will be counted per email address. For official rules please click here.

About Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois

Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois is a statewide local food promotional program powered by a coalition of 15 of the leading food and farm organizations and agencies across the state. We’re building the first-ever statewide directory of farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and local food grocers. Now, no matter where you are in the state, it’s easier than ever to find local food. Visit to learn more.