Monday, October 13, 2008

Celebrate National Pumpkin Day October 26

The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is starting to drop and we're finally starting to see the signs of fall. With fall comes a whole new season of holidays...Halloween and Thanksgiving of course, but October 26 marks National Pumpkin Day, and these local restaurants have come up with their own unique take on the seasonal favorite:

Birch River Grill (75 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights; 847-427-4242) features a Pumpkin Cheesecake dessert with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream, dusted with Cinnamon ($6).

(733 W. Madison St., Chicago; 312-602-2100) offers an Organic Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese, Toasted Pumpkin Seed and Peppercress ($6), and a Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart, with Candied Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream and a Cinnamon Chocolate Sauce ($6).

The newly opened MORE cupcake boutique (1 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago; 312-951-0001) is offering two Pumpkin Spice cupcake variations: a Pumpkin Spice cupcake with a Saigon Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting, garnished with Housemade Cinnamon Candy Chards, and a Pumpkin Spice cupcake with a Housemade Marshmallow filling, frosted with a Cinnamon Glaze and garnished with Pepita Brittle ($3.50/each).

Tallulah (4359 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-942-7585) offers a Pumpkin Seed Crusted Fluke with Sweet Potato Puree, Boar Bacon, Tuscan Kale and Honey-Verjus Emulsion ($25), and Grilled Prawns with Stuffed Baby Pumpkin Chanterelles, Brussels Sprouts and Cipollini Onions ($21).

Not had enough pumpkin? October 21 marks "National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day," so be sure to check out Birch River Grill and Dine's variations on the tasty dessert!
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