There’s a lot going on at Park Grill in Millennium Park as they will hold a week-long “Fall Fest” this October. From Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13, the restaurant will celebrate the harvest season with a special harvest menu (10/7-10/13), live ESPN radio remote and Bears viewing party (10/10), “Harvest HopDown” beer tasting competition (10/11) and a local farmer’s market on the Plaza (10/12). The week will commence with an alfresco Chicago Marathon breakfast buffet and viewing party (10/13).
Executive Chef Bernie Laskowski’s harvest menu will feature ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The menu includes local roasted pumpkin soup, apple and endive salad, La Quercia ham flatbread, Rushing Waters rainbow trout, Mercotte Farms dry-aged sirloin and local apple pie. The menus and full “Fall Fest” lineup are outlined below.
Fall Fest 2013
Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13 Park Grill Harvest Menu: Local Roasted Pumpkin Soup Burton maple syrup and pumpkin seed $8
Apple and Endive Salad Pleasant Ridge reserve cheese, Brussels sprouts, and bourbon sherry vinaigrette $11
La Quercia Ham Flatbread Roasted tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, Rose’s Farm mushrooms, local egg $13
Rushing Waters Rainbow Trout Caramelized cauliflower, golden raisins, curry peach relish $24
Mercotte Farms Dry-Aged Sirloin of Beef House made steak sauce, Gills and Greens watercress $42
Local Apple Pie Malted caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream $9
Thursday, October 10 Beers and Bears The Plaza at Park Grill will welcome ESPN’s Carmen and Jurko for a live radio remote broadcast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants football viewing party at 7:25 p.m. Television monitors will be set up throughout the Plaza to catch every play of the game.
Friday, October 11 Harvest HopDown, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. A “Harvest HopDown” beer tasting competition will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants (21+) will sample the best harvest beers in Chicago and vote for their favorite fall flavor. Tickets are $25 per person, available at ParkGrillChicago.com/events.
Saturday, October 12 Farmer’s Market on the Plaza, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This family-friendly event will bring local farmers and local wine and spirit purveyors to the Plaza at Millennium Park from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Shop and sample items from farms including: Faith’s Farm (meat, soaps, balms); Mick Klug Farms (fruit); Sunkissed Organics (vegetables, pumpkins, mums) and Greens and Gills (aquaponic greens). Prepared food by Spice, Penny Pastry and others will be available for purchase. Melissa Z. Monroe Pottery will be displayed and sold, and Mary Lane will provide face painting for children.
Sunday, October 13 Chicago Marathon Breakfast and Watch Party, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., Enjoy an alfresco breakfast buffet in the heart of Millennium Park starting at 8 a.m. Catch all the Marathon action and cheer on the runners via large monitors set throughout the Plaza. Tickets are $18, available at ParkGrillChicago.com/events. Park Grill is a featured restaurant of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Chicago Marathon Breakfast Buffet: $18 per person
Local Seasonal Yogurts with stone fruit compote and spiced granola
Honey and Mint Fruit Salad
Chocolate and Classical Croissants
Banana Nut Muffins
Poppyseed and traditional bagels with sliced cucumbers, marinated tomatoes, shaved red onions, capers and chive cream cheese
Nancy’s Apple and Chicken Sausage
Raisin River Bacon
Parmesan Breakfast Potatoes
Chilaquiles with salsa verde and queso fresco
Skillet Scrambled Eggs with scallions
Eggs Benedict, Canadian bacon, toasted English muffins with balsamic hollandaise
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, cream cheese frosting
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