The best meals are usually made with high-quality ingredients, such as vegetables from local farms and unpasteurized friendship. Feast on finer fare with today’s Groupon to Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of produce.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of prepared fare, which ranges from $3.99 to $19.99 per item or pound. Click here for a list of prepared foods and prices.
- For $12, you get a Beer Geek dinner for one, offered Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (up to a $25 value). The dinner includes one beer paired with a pre-matched entree.
- For $25, you get a Beer Geek dinner for two, offered Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (up to a $50 value). The dinner includes two beers paired with two pre-matched entrees. <p>
Versed in stocking homes with high-end foodstuff and drinks, Lemon Tree Grocer also complements craft brews with artfully paired eats in its adjoining Zest Café. Grocers curate organic produce and artisan comestibles, often from local sources, and butchers slice vegetarian-fed beef and other responsibly raised meats. Shoppers explore aisles or scale to the tops of shelves stocked with GrownUpKidStuff chocolate sauce infused with Grand Marnier ($11.99), peach-lavender preserves from Lovely Bake Shop ($6.99), and pasta sauces slow-simmered by LocalFolks Foods ($6.99). A counter stuffed with prepared eats provisions hungry customers and impatient bear cubs with ready-to-eat fare such as sweet-potato salad and hearty chicken pot pies.
Each Tuesday, the kitchen’s skilled staff ready a single dish to complement the flavors of a selected brew for a beer lover’s dinner praised by Patch columnist Tony Cesare for “the incredible selection of microbrews, not to mention the expert food pairings.” Diners are also treated to half-price draft beers to sip as they watch trains cruise by the downtown station across the street or chat up the resident beer aficionado about the ideal ratio of hops to tiger tears.
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.