Bee Our Guest at a Honey Dinner

October 05, 2022

Starved Rock Lodge is buzzing with a charming new dining experience! We are teaming up with 3 local honey vendors to create a more natural take on fine dining! On Friday, November 4th, (6 to 8pm) Starved Rock Lodge will be the setting for a local honey dinner and cocktail pairing. Executive Chef Bobby Riahi and Sous Chef Justin Robbins have created a three-course menu where each item is made with honey. Each course will have a different, locally-based vendor speak briefly about their honey and beekeeping. Guests will be introduced to O’Connell Farms of LaSalle, Lonesome Creek Apiary of Marseilles and Thistle Hill Farm of Princeton. Catie Hyde of Obscurity Brewing Company will talk about the Mead chosen and cocktails for this event.

Upon arrival, guests will be checked in and seated at their tables. Each table will have a local meat and cheese appetizer plate paired with a Sweet Berry Mead Cocktail. The salad course will be paired with a Mead Kir Royale. The Entrée will be at trio of small plates which feature cedar plank salmon, smoked duck a l’orange and Korean-inspired braised beef short rib. This course will be paired with the guest’s choice of a Red Pyment Mead (made with Frontenac grapes) or a Braggot Hefeweissen or Prostober Marzen beer. The dessert course of a salted honey pie with a honeycomb candy crumble will be paired with a Honey Apple Cider Toddy.

Honey from the featured local vendors will be for sale at the conclusion of the evening. “We are pleased to be using locally-sourced honey in our kitchen as we move into the future,” said Executive Chef Bobby Riahi, “It’s another way to bring fresh and pure ingredients to our guests.”

The Starved Rock culinary team will also talk about what went into creating the menu for this specialty dinner as well as how locally-sourced food and drinks helps support our community with a fresh approach to dining at Starved Rock Lodge.

Reservations are required for this event. Tickets are $95 each. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.
Call (815) 220-7386 or book online at

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