Prairie Grass Cafe’s Pumpkin Soup Recipe 0

Pumpkin. That’s definitely one food that comes to mind with the fall season slowly approaching. From pumpkin lattes to pumpkin pie, there’s so many ways to prepare and enjoy it. Here’s a recipe for a delicious pumpkin soup courtesy of Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, of the Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, IL.


At Prairie Grass Cafe, their pumpkin soup is prepared using the Heirloom Luxury Pie Pumpkin variety that is grown locally by Three Sisters Garden farm. According to Sarah, the smooth texture and intense flavors of the pumpkin makes it great for pies, soups, and for grilling.

Three Sisters Garden Heirloom Luxury Pie Pumpkin Soup
By Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris

PrairieGrass_PumpkinSoupIngredients: (Serves 4-6)

  • 3 cups pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, cut into 2″ chunks
  • ½ cup onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup heavy cream


  1. In a large soup pot sauté the pumpkin in the olive oil with the onions, thyme, bay leaves and salt. Cook over medium heat until the onions are transparent. Do not add color to the vegetables.
  2. Add the chicken stock and simmer for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender and the liquid reduces by about a ¼ of it’s original volume.
  3. Add the cream and simmer another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the stove. Take the thyme and bay leaves out of the soup. Blend well.
  5. Serve hot with toasted pumpkin seeds and popcorn.

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Chicago Cultural Alliance Presents World Dumpling Fest – Oct 7th 0

Chicago Cultural Alliance will be hosting the World Dumpling Fest on October 7th, from 11am to 6pm, at Millennium Park. There’s going to be cultural performances, artist booths, and of course, dumplings. The event will feature dumplings from Chicago area restaurants, serving up an international variety of foods wrapped in dough.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Tryzub Restaurant serving their Varenyky pierogi.
  • Ethiopian Diamond serving their Sambusas
  • Chow Bros. serving their gourmet pierogis
  • Himalayan Restaurant serving varies kinds of Momo.
  • Himmel’s serving the German dumpling, Spätzle.
  • Kamehachi serving a variety of shumai.
  • Sweet Station serving a variety of traditional Chinese dumplings.
  • Perfect Pasta serving different variations of Ravioli.
  • and more…

What: World Dumpling Fest
When: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 11am – 6pm
Where: Chase Promenade South, Millennium Park
How: 3 dumplings for $10 or 18 dumplings for $50. Tasting passes can be purchased here.