Without cheese, macaroni would have no friends, and humans would never know what the moon tastes like. Celebrate curd culture with today’s Groupon to Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get a wine-and-cheese tasting for two (a $40 value).
- For $38, you get a wine-and-cheese tasting for four (an $80 value).
- For $52, you get a wine-and-cheese tasting for six (a $120 value).
Versed in stocking homes with high-end foodstuff and drinks, Lemon Tree Grocer complements vinous pours with a range of international cheeses suited to every palate in its adjoining Zest Café. Chef de cuisine Jonathon Zeller and the skilled staff ready flights for tastings, which allow groups to sample glasses of wine and artisan cheese hailing from various Carmen Sandiego hideouts such as Italy, France, and Spain. With a choice of three flights organized by red or white wine or a mix of the two, guests can color coordinate nibbles of Humboldt Fog goat’s milk cheese with sips of Il Conti pinot grigio, or weigh Widmere’s six-year cheddar against a glass of The Lackey Shiraz from southern Australia.
In between bites, burgeoning sommeliers busy peripherals and relax at the communal table to carve a new wooden friend. Groupon customers also receive a 15% discount on grocery items the day they redeem their tasting.
Lemon Tree Grocer
Renowned chef Tim Canning and co-owner Shaun Black lead a team of skilled butchers, cheesemongers and culinary specialists at their Downer’s Grove grocery store Lemon Tree Grocer, which specializes in natural and organic foods. The cheerful food purveyors greet shoppers with smiles, calling locals by name and newcomers by spirit animal and making recommendations on the best wines, cheeses, and produce. In addition to traditional grocery items, the modern store stocks vegan, gluten-free, and kosher products, as well as responsibly raised and sustainable fish and meat selections from growers such as Niman Ranch.
Driven by the idea that good food pairs best with good conversation, Zest Café features a communal table for dining and socializing, as well as private tables for sipping wine and whispering nutrition facts. The lunch and dinner menus are casual but gourmet, replete with rich ingredients such as Maine lobster and croissants. Special events such as live music, wine tastings, and occasional synchronized grocery-cart frolics make the shopping experience unique and spirited.