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Chicago's Prairie Fire & Prairie Grass Cafe Debut Sustainabl​e Wedding Program

"Sustainable Wedding Program"Offering Socially Conscious Brides Sustainable Wedding Celebrations

George Bumbaris & Sarah Stegner, the environmentally-conscious chefs & co-owners of Chicago’s Prairie Fire & Prairie Grass Cafe, have designed a new "Sustainable Wedding Program," drawing attention to the growing movement of socially conscious brides who wish to connect to sustainable resources for planning their wedding.

In addition to crafting personalized rehearsal dinner and bridal shower menus that celebrate local and sustainable foods, Bumbaris & Stegner have local resources that connect brides to top farm wedding experiences in the Chicago area.

“Socially conscious brides want to support local and sustainable vendors in their wedding planning,” says Stegner, a two-time James Beard Award winner and currently the co-president of Chicago’s Green City Market Board. “Our leads provide them with the resources to celebrate their nuptials while protecting the environment and and spending money to support the network of local farmers.”

Prairie Fire & Prairie Grass Cafe offer elegant private dining spaces for brides-to-be seeking a downtown or north suburban location for their rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.

Signature menu items that feature locally-sourced products, sustainable meats and ocean-friendly fish include Tallgrass beef filet with local potatoes and River Valley Farm mushroom sauce;  a signature item of lamb sausages with grilled stacks of root vegetables and creamy Three Sisters Garden polenta topped with Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese; Lake Superior whitefish over roasted portobello mushrooms and creamy potato puree. (menu changes frequently to reflect the best of each season).

Prairie Fire & Prairie Grass Cafe’s sustainable wedding resources include:

Flora Confections - Handcrafted traditional and contemporary French-inspired confections, using preservative-free, locally-sourced products, including Three Sisters Farm pecans and Seedling Fruit’s dried cherries.

Garden Offerings - Thirty acre farm located in Huntley, IL, cultivating woodies, berry and old-fashioned rose bushes and flowering trees and featuring custom-made bouquets.

Limelight Food Illuminated - Limelight’s Rita Gutekanst has been transforming Chicago weddings for 21 years. Limelight's culinary inspiration comes from sustainable Midwest farms and local artisans who supply us with beautiful vegetables, lettuces, berries, cheese, meats and cage-free eggs.
Pitchfork Productions - Portia Belloc Lowdes owns this special event and marketing company that partners with local farmers, wineries, and eco-conscious caterers to create events ranging from farm weddings for 300 to “Pig Gigs” on the beach.

For more information on Prairie Fire & Prairie Grass Cafe’s "Sustainable Wedding Program,” kindly phone Prairie Fire (312) 382-8300 or Prairie Grass Cafe (847) 205-4433.

About Prairie Fire & Prairie Grass Cafe:

Set in a former Beaux-Arts railroad generator station in Chicago's West Loop, Prairie Fire is the second independent venture for chef-owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris. Best known for their award-studded tenure at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago Dining Room, the pair opened Prairie Grass Cafe in suburban Northbrook in the fall of 2004 to great acclaim and customer appreciation. Prairie Fire echoes Prairie Grass Cafe's style of making fine dining a casual affair, serving up a contemporary American menu that is fun, accessible and affordable. Kindly visit Prairie Fire at and Prairie Grass Cafe at

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