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2nd Annual LHG Test Kitchen Week Showcases the Culinary Creativity of Local Lemont and Homer Glen Restaurants

Lemongrass Porkchop topped with red chili oil and a creamy cucumber salad

LEMONT, IL - Five local restaurants are participating in the 2nd Annual LHG Test Kitchen Week, which runs from January 20-26, 2023. Participating restaurants in the Lemont and Homer Glen (IL) area were tasked with coming up with unique dishes, drinks and desserts that customers will be able to submit comments and ratings directly to the restaurant owners.  Awards will be given to the restaurants with the highest rated dish, drink, dessert, and overall menu.

“In 2022, as restaurants were struggling during the pandemic, we wanted to come up with a unique way to promote our restaurants,” stated Dan Mulka, Executive Director of the Heritage Corridor Business Alliance and creator of LHG Test Kitchen Week. “The event was such a hit, both with customers and our restaurant teams, that we knew that Year 2 (2023) must happen. And our restaurants have come up with some amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try.”

Restaurants Participating (and Menus):

  • Barrel & Vine (Lemont)
    • 21-day Dry Aged Bone-In New York Strip
    • Beet & Dilled Cured Salmon
    • Tandoori Grilled Lamb Chops
    • Wild Berry Smoked Red Wine Poached Pear
    • Mezcal Grapefruit Sour
    • Tamarind Dark and Stormy
    • Walnut Old Fashioned
  • Chesdan’s Pizzeria and Restaurant (Homer Glen)
    • Steak Carbonaro Mac & Cheese
  • Next Mex (Lemont)
    • Grilled Enchilandas
    • Shrimp Tacos Al Pastor
    • Cinnamon Pear Margartia
    • Featured Margarita Flight
  • The Phoenix Kitchen and Cocktails (Homer Glen)
    • Beef Short Rib
    • Poor Man’s Burnt Ends
    • Rocky Road Baked Alaska
    • Macho Matcha
    • Tiki Negroni
  • Wooden Paddle (Lemont)
    • Lemongrass Pork Chop
    • Shrimp Polenta Pops
    • Smoked Brisket Pizza
    • Spicy Bucanti
    • Yuzu Tuna
    • Pear Necessities
    • Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Pops

LHG Test Kitchen Week was created and organized by the Heritage Corridor Business Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce serving Lemont, Homer Glen, and the surrounding area. More information about the event can be found at


The mission of the Heritage Corridor Business Alliance is to advocate, educate, build business relationships, and be a resource that enable our communities and members to prosper.


Dan Mulka
Executive Director, Heritage Corridor Business Alliance
312-925-3356 (cell)

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