GALESBURG, Ill. -- From farm to table. That's the idea at En Season in Galesburg.
"Basically as pure as food can be," said executive chef Richard Abel. "That's what we are serving here."
Abel takes pride in the fact that all his ingredients come from local farmers.
"Produce that we receive in is herbicide and pesticide free and organically grown," said Abel. "We also get our proteins from local area farmers. The animals that fit that criteria cannot have any hormones or anti-biotics in their systems."
What's on the menu at En Season changes depending on what's in season. Produce in particular.
For example, when I visited they had just received a fresh shipment of spinach from a local farmer. So the special was spinach salad.
They also offer soups, vegetable entrees, and meat options like salmon, beef ribeye, and lamb.
I went with the spinach salad to start my meal.
It was served up with a lime vinaigrette dressing.
I'm not a huge spinach guy, but this was really good.
The sauce was sweet and the spinach was really fresh.
For my main course I went with the buffalo burger with a side of tea infused couscous.
Not something I get on my usual lunch break.
The burger was packed full of flavor.
It came on an organic home-made bun with house-made mayo,
and the bison was locally raised.
For entertainment during my meal I got to watch the chefs prepare dishes in the "open air" kitchen.
My bill came to $15.36.
En Season is located on West Main Street in Galesburg.
They are open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 2pm.
Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm.