Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ryan Wombacher, executive chef at Topaz Cafe in Burr Ridge, speaks about his training, development and philosophy.
When patrons dine at Topaz Café during the summer, they are likely to see specials that incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables from Burr Ridge's farmers market. Ryan Wombacher, executive chef at Topaz, lends an organic and sustainable sensibility to his menu. For the 29-year-old Chicago native, serving fresh and natural food isn't about being trendy, it's about taste - and fresh simply tastes better. Wombacher recently released the fall menu at Topaz, which he changes seasonally, and it includes a cornucopia of harvest colors and flavors. The chef recently spoke with Patch about his entry into the culinary arts, his development as a chef and what he's passionate about. Patch: How did it come to be that you were interested in the culinary …
Friday, November 25, 2011
The Burr Ridge restaurant is hosting a free buffet the day after Thanksgiving.
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Friday, November 25, 2011
If you'll be out looking for deals Friday while getting some holiday shopping done, you might want to stop by the Topaz Cafe for a late lunch. The Burr Ridge restaurant is hosting a complimentary Black Friday Buffet in its bar. The buffet will run from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant located in the Burr Ridge Village Center.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Get your fill this Easter morning at one of these local spots.
Easter brunch is a fun tradition whether your style is formal or informal. Take your pick from these five spots offering Easter specials : 1. Topaz Cafe, 780 Village Center Dr., Burr Ridge Topaz's Executive Chef Ryan Wombacher will be offering diners an Easter buffet including ham, lamb shank pasta, an omlet station and a variety of desserts. The restuarant will also be open for Easter dinner. For reservations, call 630-654-1616 or visit www.topazcafe.com. 2. Moondance Diner, 78 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge Another casual local favorite, Moondance is kid-friendly and casual. Their menu includes favorite breakfast dishes such as French toast with eggs, as well as health-conscious dishes like the "Body Definition" (an egg white omelette …
Saturday, January 1, 2011
How do you know you're not in Kansas anymore but at a fine restaurant? Look for a menu of hard-to-find ingredients and, of course, check the prices.
There's eating out and there's fine dining. Eating out might be a thick-crust pizza with sausage, mushrooms and peppers. Fine dining might include a bite of tempura-dipped pheasant served on a branch of burning oak leaves that summons up memories of autumn. Fine dining is like obscenity, hard to define, but you know it when you see it. "Just look at the check and you can tell if it's fine dining,'' laughs Toni Leahy, chef/instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. "Fine dining is high-end dining.'' "Fine dining uses high-price and often hard-to-find ingredients,'' Leahy says. "It is prepared by well-trained chefs using the latest and most current culinary techniques. "Fine-dining restaurants have really high service …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Topaz and Capri are dishing up something special for NYE while the Kerry Piper will be open for the late-night partygoers.
Got your party hat and list of resolutions to forget, that is, keep in 2011? If you haven't made plans yet for Friday, these local bars and restaurants will have plenty to offer as we bid adieu to 2010. Cheers! Topaz Café Topaz Café, 780 Village Center Dr., is offering a New Year's Eve prix fixe four-course meal. The courses include appetizers, soup or salad, an entrée and dessert. Drinks are separate. There are still a few reservations available, otherwise, stake out a seat at the bar. The kitchen will serve dinner until 10 p.m. and the bar is open until midnight. Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant The tasting room and restaurant at Cooper's Hawk, 510 Village Center Dr., will be open until 10 p.m. and the bar will close around 11 p.m. …
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Local restaurants and 5k runs offer alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving celebration.
If you don't cook turkey or feel like gorging yourself with the cornucopia of harvest calories while watching football, Patch found – count it – four local restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving. We also found two 5k runs to jumpstart your metabolism before the feasting begins. Topaz Cafe Topaz Café, at 780 Burr Ridge Center Dr. in Burr Ridge, will fix up a Thanksgiving buffet tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The spread includes some traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey and potatoes and a few extras including tilapia, a salad bar and mac and cheese. The buffet costs $40 for adults and $20 for children. Buffet does not include dessert or alcoholic beverages. Grant Square Restaurant Grant Square Restaurant, 13 Grant Square …